Brad Schwartz challenging Elaine Phillips for state Senate seat

Brad Schwartz challenging Elaine Phillips for state Senate seat
(Photo courtesy of Brad Schwartz)

Democrat Brad Schwartz has unofficially announced his candidacy for the New York State Senate, challenging incumbent Elaine Phillips (R-Manhasset) for the District 7 slot.

Schwartz, who has launched a “Brad Schwartz for State Senate” website, is a Town of North Hempstead resident and self-described grassroots candidate “who finally said enough” and decided to run for office to bring about change after a successful television career, he said on the website.

The state Senate is almost evenly divided between the two parties with 31 Republicans and 32 Democrats, and Schwartz is looking to increase the Democratic majority in the November 2018 elections.

After contracting Lyme disease, Schwartz was bedridden for years during recovery, according to the website, and will push for affordable and accessible healthcare across New York, supporting a single-payer option to ensure sick and disabled residents receive health insurance even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed at the federal level.

Schwartz will also focus on tax reform, supporting a current Senate bill from the Democratic caucus entitled Tax Returns Unanimously Made Public, as well as human rights and LGBT issues. Schwartz, an openly gay man, said on the website he would work with his fellow senators if elected to pass the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act, which was passed in the state Assembly but failed in the Senate.

Schwartz as well as Phillips’ spokesman Steve Romano could not be reached for comment.

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  1. Brad, I am so sorry to hear that you have lyme and lost so much time due to it. Thank you for spreading awareness and helping those that can not advocate for themselves. Please get tested for all known pathogens to date that are co infections. Babesia, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Tick borne typhus, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Mycoplasmas, Chlamydias, Toxoplasma shows up in many and reactivates like all viruses that were previously controlled by the immune system. Lyme patients show up with CVID or common variable immune deficiency. Borrelia hermsii is within many and Tularemia, Brucella etc. The list is quite long.


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