3:45 pm Jul. 12, 2012
A reporter-turned-Democratic operative who worked on Bill Thompson's 2009 mayoral campaign is joining the race to oust Naomi Rivera, a Democratic Assemblywoman in the Bronx who already is facing a well-financed challenger.
Adam Bermudez registered his campaign committee today with the state Board of Elections. He was a field organizer for Thompson's mayoral campaign and worked for former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin. Bermudez also worked for six months at the Bronx Times back in 2008.
Rivera, the daughter of the former Bronx Democratic leader, Assemblyman Jose Rivera, is already facing one strong challenger: Mark Gjonaj, who owns a real estate company and is the Bronx commissioner on the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Gjonaj also has the support of Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who was angered when Rivera endorsed the congresswoman's primary opponent, Erik Dilan.