Updated: Mar 23
For Immediate Release For more information, or to schedule an interview with Jonathan contact: Email: Press@Herzog2020.com Cell: 617-394-8798 New York, NY, March 20, 2020 - Jonathan Herzog, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s 6th campaign hire, will make the ballot for New York’s 10th Congressional District as his team files nearly ten-fold the legal signature threshold with the Board of Elections.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led politicians across the aisle to support the campaign’s vision of direct cash transfers to all Americans, with support from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Sen. Mitt Romney and the Trump administration.
Herzog, soon to be 25, would be the youngest member of Congress if elected. He would also be the first Israeli-American member of Congress, and the first openly gay Representative for New York’s 10th District - home to one of the largest LGBTQ populations in the country.
Herzog graduated first in his class at Harvard, holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and served as co-President of student government at Harvard Law School, where he is now a teaching fellow for legal and political philosophy. In 2018, Herzog built and led Andrew Yang’s campaign in Iowa, helping make Yang the “internet candidate” and a top contender for the nomination.
On his historic run, Herzog noted: “We are proud to be a part of a wave of dozens of #YangGang running in districts across the country. As Freedom Democrats, we fight for deep freedom, not shallow equality. We fight to raise the floor, not lower the ceiling. We fight to fix the system, not find others to blame.” Among a series of bills, Herzog will draft the Freedom Dividend Act of 2020. On the emergency stimulus plans currently being proposed, Herzog noted: “Means-tested income proposals are woefully inadequate and will leave millions of Americans behind in this crisis. We need immediate universal cash relief now of at least $1,000 for every American adult and $500 for every child.” With an average contribution of $43, Herzog’s campaign is funded entirely by grassroots donations - not a dime from corporate PACs or lobbyists. His campaign is endorsed by Andrew Yang and Income Movement, an organization representing tens of thousands of Universal Basic Income activists.
On the odds of getting the 15,000 votes needed to win the Democratic primary amidst the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, Herzog said, “we have a nimble army of digitally-native volunteers ready to win this election online and move humanity forward. ”