Dear Friends,


From the bottom of my heart - thank you. 


With your help, our grassroots campaign for New York State 

Assembly was successful. Thank you for volunteering, for 

donating your time, energy and money. For telling your stories 

about why my candidacy mattered to you. Thank you for believing that public service and good government matter. Thank you for believing in me. And thank you for voting.


So many people helped make this victory happen.


Thank you to Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Congresswoman 

Nydia Velazquez, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca, Antonio Reynoso, Rosie Mendez and Helen Rosenthal, and so many others for your leadership, support and guidance and for taking that leap with me.


Thank you to my campaign team led by Paul Nelson and John Longo, and ably assisted by David Czyzyk and Ptahra Jeppe. 


And now, the hard work begins.  I look forward to working with you all to address the urgent issues that face our communities, our city and the great state of New York.


Jo Anne


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Assemblywoman-Elect Jo Anne Simon

November 18, 2014

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Jo Anne, wearing her Assemblymember pin, went to Albany for new member orientation and get a start on introducing legislation.




Progressive activist wins Millman's old Assembly seat

November 10, 2014


November 10, 2014
Democrat Jo Anne Simon handily won her bid for Brooklyn's state Assembly District 52 Tuesday with 17,293 votes, around 70 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.

Liberal Pete Sikora, running on the Working Families Party line, received 5,582 votes, around 22 percent of the vote.

The result is unsurprising, as Sikora essentially stopped running his campaign after losing the Democratic primary to Simon, and even stated in an election-day tweet that people "should vote for [Jo Anne Simon]".

In a strange twist, Working Families Party flyers informed voters to vote for Jo Anne Simon, even though Sikora, a researcher for the CWA union, was listed as the candidate for the Working Families Line.

Simon, a lawyer and community activist, will replace longtime Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Millman on January 7 of next year, marking the third-straight time District 52 will be represented by a woman, a tradition that has lasted 33 years.

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