Young Gun Aiming For Huntley In Primary
Lynn Nunes, a 25-year-old real estate broker and political newcomer who came within four votes of defeating longtime New York City Councilmember Tom White in last year’s primary, is ready to challenge Broad Channel’s state senator, Shirley Huntley, in the upcoming Democratic primary.
Nunes, who nearly defeated White without a single endorsement, has already picked up the backing of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), two of the state’s most prominent gay rights groups, for his support of gay marriage.
Huntley was one of the eight Democrats who voted against the same sex marriage bill last year. It remains to be seen if the two candidates’ differing views on gay marriage will help decide what is expected to be one of the closest primaries of September 14.
Huntley has a strong base of support in her southeast Queens 10th Senatorial District from the leadership of socially conservative black churches, and has cited those constituents as the reason why she initially voted against the bill. Huntley believes the endorsements will hurt Nunes in the socially conservative neighborhoods of the district, one of which is Broad Channel. Nunes told The Wave this week that it has become increasingly important in a time when political spending has spiraled out of control, that someone is in Albany to hold the other politicians accountable.
“People want an alternative to this,” he said. “It is something Huntley cannot offer to her constituents, which is real results.” Nunes believes the biggest problem in Broad Channel isn’t the debate over gay marriage, but rather, is transportation and much needed infrastructure improvements.
“We really have to eliminate the toll for Broad Channel and Rockaway residents,” he said. “I understand it will be difficult, but I want Broad Channel to hold me accountable to this because it is my number one priority.”
Nunes says the toll cannot be tolerated and the MTA needs to understand that its minimal impact on their budget has a great impact on the residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel.
As a Queens College graduate, he grew up in Richmond Hill and attended Christ the King High School while working as a lifeguard at Beach 106 Street. He eventually became a real estate broker and opened his own office on Jamaica Avenue. Nunes founded Save Your Home, an organization that helps families at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure, and is the co-founder of the New Progressive Democratic Club.
“I want to go door-to-door and create a working dialogue with the community,” he said. “We need to be proactive to problems in Albany, not reactive.”