|Born||April 5, 1984|
Huntington Beach, California
|Residence||New York City|
|Education||Wellesley College (BA)|
Columbia Business School (MBA)
Lindsey Boylan is a political activist and leader, running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House of Representatives, in New York's 10th district in the 2020 elections.
Early life and education
Boylan was born in Southern California, and lived in Northern Virginia as a teen. Her mother was a teenage single mom, and was a minimum wage worker. Her father, a former US Marine, was born in Queens, New York to Irish immigrants, and was the first in his family to graduate college.
Boylan received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, where she was elected Student Body President. From 2016 to 2018 Boylan served on the board of the Wellesley College Alumni Association, and as Director/Chair of The Wellesley Fund. She then got her MBA from Columbia Business School.
Boylan previously worked as chief of staff of Empire State Development, New York state's economic-development arm, in which she described herself as being "regularly tasked with briefing the governor on what I would call 'complicated projects' and nuanced ideas."
In 2018, Boylan was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In February 2019, Boylan declared her candidacy for New York's 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she will be running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Jerry Nadler. In an interview with The New York Times, she said she was inspired by women who ran in 2018 as insurgent Democratic candidates, concluding that they "decided not to wait their turn because it was never going to be their turn." She also cited her daughter as a determining factor in her decision to run.
After declaring her candidacy, Boylan received a pointed email from a prominent Democratic party donor and activist who told her, according to Business Insider, "her plan to run for the Democratic nomination against [Nadler] was a lost cause, and that she may have already 'seriously impaired' her political future by simply considering the challenge." Boylan told Business Insider that, to the contrary, the message strengthened her resolve to run.
In the second quarter of 2019, Boylan raised over $250,000, which is a "remarkable sum for a first-time candidate." According to the New York Daily News, almost three quarters of donations came from women and over two-thirds were small donations. This is consistent with Boylan's progressive pledge to swear off money from corporate PACs and the fossil fuel industry.
- 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in New York
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