Long Island City resident Mary Jobaida has filed to run against longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan in 2020.
Nolan has been in office since 1984. She represents District 37, which includes parts of Long Island City, Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood.
Jobaida, a mother of three, says she wants to run because Nolan has not received a primary challenge in over a decade.
If she wins, the challenge would be the first Bangladeshi-American elected to the State Assembly.
“If I win, I will push to place term limits on my very own tenure,” she says in a statement, “because no one should hold a single seat in office for more than a decade.
Jobaida, like many progressive candidates, has pledged to refuse or return all campaign contributions from real estate developers, corporate PACs and lobbyists.
Her policy platform includes fighting for universal health care, public financing for state elections and eliminating partisan gerrymandering.