Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces John Cummings in NY-14 congressional race

With Election Day less than two weeks away, the fight for the 14th congressional district is heading toward the finish line, as well as a well-known congresswoman faces off with a school teacher.

News 12 Staff

Oct 22, 2020, 5:46 PM

Updated 1,311 days ago

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With Election Day less than two weeks away, the fight for the 14th congressional district is heading toward the finish line, as well as a well-known congresswoman faces off with a school teacher.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weathered attacks from her opponents in the Democratic primary election this past June, but eventually won with over 70% of the votes.
She is facing John Cummings in the NY-14 congressional race.
The general election campaign for the 14th District has been quieter, but according to Ocasio-Cortez, just as active.
"Every single election, no matter the odds, is all about earning re-election every single time and so I'm very proud to continue to be out there and making sure that all of our families that need help are getting the help that they need,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
That includes helping during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm proud to have been also actively serving our community during the time of this crisis. We have had a multi-million dollar effort where we have now distributed over a million dollars' worth of direct aid to Bronx and Queens families,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
The congresswoman says she has a plan for what she wants to achieve if re-elected for a second term.
"I am a staunch believer in expanding health care and making sure that our seniors are getting more Social Security than they are presently. I believe that tuition-free colleges and universities are going to be, not a requirement but a right for everyone to be able to pursue as our economy advances into the 21st century,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
Education is also at the forefront of her opponent’s mind. Cummings is a history and government teacher at St. Raymond’s High School for Boys.
"My students were asking me for years, 'Hey, Mr. Cummings you really know this stuff, why don't you run?' And finally, I decided, you know what, I'm 60 years old, I don't want to be 70 and look back years from now and say ‘Hey, I should have run.’ There are no regrets here,” said Cummings.
Cummings says he wants to improve the education system and that he’s in favor of charter schools, as well as school vouchers.
"I think education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Far too often we allow too many children to remain in failing schools, you know our public school system has some great schools, it has some failing schools,” said Cummings.
The Republican nominee is a Parkchester native and a former member of the NYPD, spending more than a decade in uniform.
"I know the people of the community. I know its needs. I'm familiar with the infrastructure, the roads, the schools. I have a broad base of knowledge that I could use down in Washington,” said Cummings.


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