Fernando Cabrera (politician)

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Fernando Cabrera
Member of the New York City Council from the 14th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded byMaria Baez
Personal details
Born (1964-04-18) April 18, 1964 (age 56)
The Bronx, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elvia Cabrera
Alma materSouthern California College (B.A.)
Liberty University (M.A.)
Argosy University (Ed.D.)
WebsiteOfficial website

Fernando Cabrera (born April 18, 1964) is an American politician in the Bronx, New York. A Democrat, he currently represents the 14th District in the New York City Council, including the neighborhoods of Claremont Village, Fordham, Kingsbridge, Marble Hill, Morris Heights, Mount Eden, Mount Hope, and University Heights.

Early life and education[edit]

Cabrera was born in the Bronx to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother. He received a B.A. in Religion from Southern California College, a M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University.[1]


In 2009, Cabrera challenged Maria Baez to a primary election for the Democratic nomination for 14th District in the Bronx. But with the backing of The Bronx Democratic Committee[2] and the endorsement of key unions, Cabrera was able to defeat the incumbent by just over 1% difference in three-way race that included Yudelka Tapia.[3] Cabrera followed that by winning the general election against Republican Yessenia A. Duran and Conservative Lisa Marie Campbell.[4] He won reelection in 2013.

In 2014, Cabrera challenged Senator Gustavo Rivera in the Democratic primary, but lost 59% to 41%. During his primary bid against Rivera, Cabrera attracted ire for his opposition to abortion & gay marriage, as well as his apparent praise of an anti-gay Ugandan law.[5]

Cabrera challenged Rivera again in 2016,[6] but lost by a larger margin, 63% to 37%[7].

On September 12, 2017, Cabrera won 55% of the vote in the New York Democratic Primary election, to 35% for challenger Randy Abreu and 10% for Felix Perdomo.

In 2019, Cabrera announced that he was going to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic Primary for New York's 14th congressional district, while criticizing her embracing of democratic socialism.[8] On March 1, 2020 Cabrera announced that he was ending his primary bid against Ocasio-Cortez and that he would instead be running for the position of Bronx Borough President in 2021.[9]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 14
2009 Democratic Primary √ Fernando Cabrera 38.53%
Maria Baez 37.16%
Yudelka Tapia 24.31%
NYC Council
District 14
2009 General √ Fernando Cabrera (D) 87.58%
Yessenia A. Duran (R) 10.59%
Lisa Marie Campbell (Conservative) 1.83%
NYC Council
District 14
2013 Democratic Primary √ Fernando Cabrera 74.83%
Israel Martinez 25.18%
NYC Council
District 14
2013 General √ Fernando Cabrera (D) 95.36%
Stanley Butler (R) 3.50%
Alan H. Reed (Conservative) 1.05%
NY Senate
District 33
2014 Democratic Primary Gustavo Rivera 59.31%
Fernando Cabrera 40.70%
NY Senate
District 33
2016 Democratic Primary Gustavo Rivera 62.97%
Fernando Cabrera 37.93%
NYC Council
District 14
2017 Democratic Primary √ Fernando Cabrera 54.7%
Randy Abreu 35.0%
Felix Perdomo 10.2%

Personal life[edit]

Cabrera is the senior pastor of New Life Outreach International in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx. He is a former program director for the Mental Health and Counseling program at Mercy College.[1]


  1. ^ a b "District 14 - Fernando Cabrera". Council.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  2. ^ "Kappstatter: Dem party pick Cabrera no wascally Pedro". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  3. ^ Primary Election 2009 Democratic Member of the City Council 14th Council District, September 15, 2009
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Council 14 Race - Nov 03, 2009". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Fernando Cabrera Blames 'Liberal Media' for Senate Loss". Observer. 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2015-09-23.
  6. ^ "Rivera Wins Contentious Primary for Bronx Senate Seat". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  7. ^ "J. Gustavo Rivera - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ a_henning (2019-10-10). "City Councilman Fernando Cabrera is challenging AOC". CSNY. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  9. ^ Campanile, Carl (2020-03-02). "Bronx councilman drops bid against AOC to instead run for borough president". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-07-21.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Maria Baez
New York City Council, 14th District