Erik Bottcher recently released a slick YouTube video for his campaign for City Council in District 3, which includes Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
“I almost didn’t make it,” he says, poignantly, at the start of the clip.
Bottcher recounts how he grew up in a small town Upstate in the Adirondack Mountains, but suffered “as a closeted gay kid.”
“In New York City, I found community,” he says. “I dedicated myself to public service and activism.”
He goes on to list issues he has worked on and fought for during his political career, from legalizing gay marriage in New York to tenants’ rights.