‘Bring it on’: Mondaire Jones sees window open for NY-17 win

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The only Democrat to officially declare in the race to fill Rep. Nita Lowey's seat is 32-year-old Rockland County resident Mondaire Jones.

The lawyer, who planned on challenging the congresswoman in a primary, is already generating a lot of buzz. He would be the first openly gay African American member of Congress if elected.

Jones, who has never held political office, pounded the pavement in Nyack Friday, hoping to capitalize on Rep. Lowey’s departure after 31 years in Congress.

MORE: Rep. Lowey’s NY-17 departure sparks buzz around potential candidates 

“I grew up in the East Ramapo public schools. I was raised by a single mother who didn't graduate college and worked multiple jobs just to make ends meet,” he told News 12. “So I know what it's like to struggle.”

He also told News 12 that he supports the Green New Deal, a $15 minimum wage and “supporting health care for people who don’t have it.”

“I've worked for the Department of Justice for the Obama administration and, most recently, after graduating Harvard Law School and going to work as a lawyer in Manhattan, I litigated the biggest cases for Westchester County,” says Jones.

When News 12 asked Jones about the competition he will now likely face for Rep. Lowey's seat, he said “bring it on.”

Since announcing his candidacy in July, Jones has raised nearly $220,000. The money has not come from corporate political action committees.

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