Tonight the Rev. Michael Walrond formally announced his candidacy for congress, running in the 13th congressional district against Charles Rangel and, presumably, Adriano Espaillat. The pastor of Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church and a part of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Walrond is a well-established member of the Harlem community but a first time candidate.
Following his well organized and energetic announcement, Walrond answered questions from the press. Topics included his relationship with the current House member from the district, Charles Rangel, his electoral chances and the prospect that he could be a spoiler in a Rangel/Espaillat rematch, his top issues and whether he will invite Rangel and Espaillat to speak to his congregation. Here is his full press Q&A.