Nearly 74 percent of Democratic voters said yes to Jackie Gordon, running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, NY-2. She will be on the ballot in November aiming for Republican …
Nearly 74 percent of Democratic voters said yes to Jackie Gordon, running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, NY-2. She will be on the ballot in November aiming for Republican congressman Peter King’s seat; King is retiring.
A Copiague resident, Gordon served 29 years in the United States Army Reserve with four deployments: platoon leader in Germany during Operation Desert Storm; operations officer at Guantanamo Bay during the Global War on Terror; battle captain in Baghdad during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq; and as commander of the 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan in 2012. She retired in 2014 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Gordon has been a Babylon Town councilwoman since 2007 and is a guidance counselor who advises high school students at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale. She has two children, son Augustus and daughter Kerrianne, who is a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Gordon was asked what was the toughest part of the primary.
“The hardest thing was not being able to be in the district, one-on-one,” she said. “That’s what I really love. It makes it easier to connect and communicate and find out what constituents’ issues and needs are. I did emails, phone calls, Zoom meetings and other virtual spaces. I had tons of meet-and-greets, happy hours. I think the one issue that came out is health care, and especially now [since] COVID really illuminated that we need affordable health care. That came out time after time. When I had meet-and-greets and Zoom, that was with our 50-and-older voters, parents. But with the young people, they want to work for me and make sure I get elected. Overwhelmingly from young people, they want to work for the campaign and be engaged.
The big turnout of support was from organized labor, NYSUT, New York State Nurses Association, New York State AFL, CIO, SEIU ll99, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1500, The Brothers of Railroad Signalmen; those members live in the district. [She has about 50 endorsements.] The Theater Workers Union who work on Broadway—stage- hands, lighting—we got two locals of them as well that pushed me over.”
And to relax? “I do a yoga practice every day and listen to different genres of music,” she said.
Suffolk County Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer believes Gordon is going to flip the district in November. “Her work ethic is unparalleled—let’s not forget that Jackie simultaneously served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, worked full-time as a high school guidance counselor and served on the Babylon Town Council while raising two kids as a single mom,” he said. “She and her team have outworked the Republicans at every turn, and you can see that reflected in her primary win margin, her record-breaking fundraising, her slate of endorsements and her grassroots volunteer operation. I keep my finger on the pulse of this district, and I can feel a lot of energy behind Jackie’s campaign and excitement from voters who want a change and who relate to Jackie’s story and values. I think voters understand how much is on the line in this election and they trust a lieutenant colonel to lead and deliver this district.”