Why I'm Running

As a NYC special education teacher, I have seen how income inequality limits students' opportunities and hurts working families. I am running for Congress in NY’s 16th District to ensure that our resources are invested in our communities and not diverted to forever wars or unnecessary jails.

Meet Andom

A teacher, activist, and writer, Andom Ghebreghiorgis has devoted his work to bringing transformative change in the communities he serves. After graduating from Yale, Andom first worked with the Robin Hood Foundation before being accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows program. With an awareness of the inhumane underinvestment in NYC public schools and of the the need for more educators who espoused critical pedagogies, Andom became a special educator in 2009. He has been involved in education ever since: both as a full-time special education teacher in the Bronx and Washington Heights and, more recently, as a part-time educational consultant/advisor.

As a first-generation American of Eritrean descent, and in his work as a teacher, Andom knows first-hand the challenges working families face. We are struggling because too much money and too many resources have been immorally diverted away from our communities to the war machine and the prison industry. Our budgets are moral documents, which need to reflect our priorities and values. We must invest in high-quality public education, affordable housing, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal. We must guarantee jobs at a fair wage, secure racial and immigrant justice, and protect women's and LGBTQIA+ rights. We have a historic opportunity to reduce inequality and ensure all people living in this country have pathways to success. It is time for us to elect bold, new leadership in District 16 who will challenge special interests and upend the status quo.