José A. Alvarado Jr.

Location: New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: New York native José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican American documentary photographer currently based in New York City. His personal work consists of documenting sub-cultures, politics, and the relationship between Puerto Rico... read on
Private Story
Credits: josé a. alvarado jr.
Updated: 12/06/18
In the wake of the U.S. national election, discontent echoes amongst American cities. Changes in the way politicians are viewed and campaigns are run become a frequent storyline throughout the country. Leading a 28-year-old Bronx woman of Puerto Rican heritage, to run for office in her own neighborhood of Parkchester. A campaign that started in her apartment, the same apartment she was raised, has begun to show similarities to the old age tale of David vs. Goliath. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes the experience and wisdom she garnered during her time as a volunteer on the Bernie Sanders campaign and begins a progressive and grassroots movement of her own. Her Goliath? The incumbent (D) Joseph Crowley and what local news is calling the “Queens Machine”. A system of patronage designed to control local elections and prop up establishment power and moneyed interests. This will be Alexandria’s first time running for office in what looks to be a very heated race. One with many hoops to jump and many hours spent building her political identity and gaining the trust of her district. The first hurdles to overcome being New York’s voting laws being the strictest in the country, and Congressman Joseph Crowley being the fourth most powerful Democrat in Congress. Over the course of 2017, Alexandria’s popularity and support have been ever growing, forcing the incumbent (D) Joseph Crowley to acknowledge her campaign and of officially making this the first time he has been opposed in fourteen years. This series of photographs documents Alexandria's humble beginnings as a bartender in a local Latino restaurant to her eventual victory in the NY-14 congressional primary on June 26, 2018.

By José A. Alvarado Jr. —

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