A City Council candidate challenging Robert Holden to represent the district has been backed by an influential Democrat.
Juan Ardila was endorsed by Michael Gianaris, the deputy leader of the New York State Senate who also represents a sliver of Ridgewood.
Others who have backed Ardila’s bid to unseat Holden include State Senator Jessica Ramos, Councilman Brad Lander, the NY Working Families Party, SEIU 1199, Make the Road Action, CVH Power, Run for Something and Open NY.
Ardila, the son of a Colombian father and Honduran-Cuban mother, is the first Latino candidate in District 30’s history. If elected, he would be the first Colombian-American to serve in the City Council.
He worked for Lander before becoming a consultant for the Department of Education. He now works at a legal services nonprofit as a program coordinator.
Ardila is an alum of St. Adalberts, Archbishop Molloy High School, Fordham University and NYU.