Dear Friends,

It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the 52nd Assembly District as your Democratic State Committeewoman and District Leader, and to work closely with Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and my co-leaders over the past 10 years - Alan Fleishman, Chris Owens, and just recently, Josh Skaller. Together we have fought for our communities and for accountability, transparency and independence in Brooklyn politics.

Recently, Assemblywoman Millman announced that she is not seeking re-election. I am running for her seat with her strong support, for which I am profoundly honored and grateful. I am also proud to have the support of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, to name two others who have endorsed me.

I ask for your continued support in a new role - that of New York State Assemblywoman. To do this, I will need your help financially and with "boots on the ground" - petitioning, leafleting, and knocking on doors - to bring our message of reform, accountability and humanity to Albany.

Please use the features on this new website to let me know how we can work together for victory in this election for state Assembly.

Thank you for your support.


Jo Anne


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Choices for the Legislature and the Civil Court

August 29, 2014

The New York Times


AUG. 29, 2014

Assembly District 52 (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, parts of Prospect Heights): Voters are fortunate to have two good candidates to replace the departing assemblywoman, Joan Millman. Jo Anne Simon, a respected lawyer, has been a stalwart worker for the community, helping to fight Vito Lopez, the borough's tyrannical former Democratic Party leader. She is running against Pete Sikora, a union official who has worked with reform groups, including the New York Public Interest Research Group. Both candidates have endorsements they can be proud of, but Ms. Simon is well known for her dedicated work for the people of the district. Of two worthy candidates, Jo Anne Simon is our choice.

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Primary Focus: Candidates for Assembly District 52 debate in Prospect Heights

August 29, 2014

Simon, Sikora and Biviano: Where they stand

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

With primaries on Sept. 9, residents of Prospect Heights heard from candidates vying for their Assembly district Wednesday night at a forum hosted by the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council.

The debate took place at the Duryea Presbyterian Church on Sterling Place.

Moderated by WNYC economic development journalist Janet Babin, candidates from the 52nd Assembly District answered questions submitted by the community and debated topics ranging from education to development.

In the 52nd District, Jo Anne Simon, Doug Biviano and Pete Sikora are campaigning to replace long-time Assemblymember Joan Millman.

The district, encompassing Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus and parts of Park Slope, is a hotbed of controversy this election season, with issues ranging from the closing of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to the sale of libraries and development battles in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gowanus and Brooklyn Heights.

The candidates agreed on many substantive issues but drew very different pictures of their experience, political backers and ability to get the job done. ...

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