News Clips

  • NY Times; For City Council

    October 12, 2017

    "The leader in this field is Mel Wymore, who in recent years has headed the local community board and the West Side Y." - 2013


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    March 22, 2017

    New York City’s primaries won’t be held until September, but a number of candidates are already gearing up for Election Day. Here’s a rundown of the most notable New York City Council districts that could be competitive this fall, including seats that will be vacated due to term limits, others where the incumbent is already facing a challenge, and still others where big-name challengers could jump in.


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  • Mel Wymore motivated by Trump to run again for City Council in hopes of becoming first transgender member

    March 16, 2017

    “I’m running because Trump won and that was a big wakeup call for us. And for me that means we have to do better,” Wymore said. “And I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think we could do better here on the Upper West Side.”


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  • City Council District 6 - Democratic Primary

    August 30, 2013

    "Within District 6, Wymore prioritizes providing more affordable housing to bridge inequality, pushing for greener living, and enriching community gains from limited development. The candidate exhibits a thorough understanding of the City Council, the land use process, and Citizens Union’s reform agenda."


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  • Amsterdam News endorsements: Part 2

    August 08, 2013

    "He (Mel Wymore) understands the needs and challenges of families and has worked hard to provide for underserved groups who are very often overlooked. In his words, he can work with anyone. He has the record to prove it. "


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  • A Transgender Candidate Is Hoping to Make History

    March 22, 2013

    Mel Wymore, a City Council candidate who was born female, at lunch with his children, Riley Paul, left, 18, and Rowyn Paul, 15.

    “I’m not running because I’m transgender,” said Mr. Wymore, 50, who was born female but now, after testosterone therapy and top surgery, identifies as transgender. But, he said, that “doesn’t mean that being transgender doesn’t bring a certain perspective.”


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  • Mel Wymore chooses People over Politics

    November 05, 2012

    If elected, he will be the first openly transgender City Council member in a major US city. And while this would certainly be a victory to be celebrated, Wymore hopes that his identity won’t distract from his qualifications as a community organizer, political activist and leader. “My challenge,” says Wymore, is that “being transgender…has the potential to become a distraction from my actual qualities as a leader.”


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