With Hiram Monserrate out of the way and the Republican candidate Humberto Suarezmotta off the ballot, Democratic candidate Francisco Moya is confident he will win the seat for Assembly District 39.
Moya cast his vote around 11:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s School on 104th Street and 49th Avenue in Corona, which is his former elementary school and also his current place of worship. Moya reminded others that they should also come out to vote.
“People’s votes count,” Moya said. “People have to come out to vote.”
Moya, 36, who founded a neighborhood association at 15 and became a Congressional aide at 23, ran unsuccessfully in the past for the Assembly and most recently for the City Council. Now, he might finally have a chance to represent the neighborhood he grew up in.
“I feel very proud,” Moya said. “It is a vote of confidence from the community.”
After campaigning for over six months, Moya said he looks forward to representing Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights on January 1. He said he wants to bring back manufacturing jobs to Corona, give tax breaks to small businesses and find ways to lower the housing rent.
“Now it’s when the hard work really starts,” Moya said.
He planned to celebrate his probable win at the main Democratic victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.
“We are going to celebrate the Democratic victory,” Moya said.