Meet Kristen Gonzalez: Age and background of District 59 candidate

Amber Peake August 25, 2022
Meet Kristen Gonzalez: Age and background of District 59 candidate

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Following her majority in Queens Senate Primary, voters are curious to know more about State Senate District 59 candidate Kristen Gonzalez including her age and background.

In this week’s Queen’s August primary, Gonzalez was seen to come out on top among her other candidates as she led with a 58.92% majority. 

Following her recent success, some voters are now curious to know more about the candidate. Let’s get to know her a bit better…

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Meet Queens native Kristen Gonzalez

Gonzalez is currently running for State Senate District 59, a newly created which was announced earlier this year.

The district represents the New York neighborhoods of Astoria, Gramercy, Greenpoint, Kips Bay, Long Island City, Murray Hill StuyTown, and Williamsburg.

She was born and raised in the New York borough of Queens within the neighborhood of Elmhurst alongside her mom, who was a single mother after the passing of Gonzalez’s father.

While reflecting on her relationship with the new district, in an interview with Greenpointers in February, Gonzalez described herself to be “a daughter of western Queens.” 

How old is the State Senate candidate? 

Gonzalez is currently 27 years old and celebrated her latest birthday earlier this month in August. 

At the time, she hosted a fundraiser event in honor of her birthday, which sought to earn the support and collect money for her campaign for State Senate District 59. 

As explained on the fundraiser’s page, instead of sourcing funding through “developers, LLCs, or corporations,” Gonzalez’s campaign has run with the support of local voters. 

The candidate also referenced her age this week as she celebrated her majority in the Queens Senate Primary on Twitter

Gonzalez already has experience in government

Before announcing her bid to represent District 59, Gonzalez already had a taste of working in government and the Senate.

As explained on her campaign website, Gonzalez was offered the opportunity to work under both the Obama administration and later for US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Prior to her stint interning in government in Washington, she was a Columbia University student where she studied political science, and race and ethnicity studies.

Gonzalez later moved back to Queens, and when announcing her candidacy for District 59 in February, she was reported to have been working in tech as a product manager.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.