Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently in her first year as a member of Congress, representing the 14th district of New York. She believes in Medicare for all, federal jobs guarantee, criminal justice reform and climate change, to name a few. 

Ocasio-Cortez received a new challenger who will be competing for the district in 2020. Her name is Scherie Murray – a Jamaican, businesswoman, immigrant and Republican from Queens. 

Murray is a strong advocate for veterans, small businesses, economic development, school choices for parents, community relations with police, and creating a dialogue for immigration reform. 

The businesswoman has recently introduced her campaign and posted a video titled, “Bridges.” Throughout the film, she talks about creating ‘bridges,’ to unite the country. Murray also references Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the video stating, “your representative in Washington chooses self-promotion over service, conflict over constituents, resistance over assistance.”

According to Vice News, this is not Murray’s first race. She ran for New York City Council in 2009 and 2003. In 2015, she ran for New York State Assemblywoman, she unsuccessful in all of these campaigns. 

On Wednesday, Murray announced her plans on running in a series of tweets.

“There is a crisis in Queens and it’s called AOC. She isn’t worried about us- she’s worried about being famous. That’s why I am running for congress,” Murray tweeted. 

According to the New York Post, four other Republicans have also decided to run for congressional office. The candidates include former cop John Cummings, journalist Ruth Papazian, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez and businessman Antoine Tucker

There have been no comments made by Ocasio-Cortez about the future election.

Written ByMaydeen Merino

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