Mel Gagarin Is Running for Congress
Melquiades Gagarin is a stay-at-home dad and a lifelong advocate who is running for congress in New York’s Sixth Congressional District to be the bold, progressive fighter unbeholden to the political establishment that this moment calls for.

He was born in Elmhurst to a Puerto-Rican working-class mother and a Filipino immigrant father, and raised by his mom and abuela. He went to Resurrection Ascension and Archbishop Molloy in district before attending American University in Washington, DC. Mel worked as a congressional aide representing large parts of the 6th Congressional District, advocated on the Hill alongside criminal justice reformers, and organized across Queens as part of a movement to build a more just future for the nation’s most diverse county.

Mel has always been dedicated to fighting for progress. He is running to fight for working class people, people of color, immigrants, the elderly, and our future. He won’t be accepting any money from corporations, the fossil fuel industry or real estate developers. The only interests he will ever answer to are those of neighbors in the district. Mel lives in Kew Gardens with his wife Aleda, their three beautiful children, and their dachshund, Chewbacca.

Policy for the People
Mel advocates for a government that puts people before politics, human interest above corporate greed, and the needs of the many above the benefit of the wealthy and powerful.Read Mel’s Platform >
Housing is a human right and guaranteed affordable housing should be a national priority.Read More >
Our elders are owed respect and dignity in their golden years, regardless of their or their family’s financial circumstances.Read More >
Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. A Green New Deal is not only a possibility, it is now a necessity.Read More >
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and it’s time to focus on the American people and their health over the profits of billion-dollar corporations.Read More >
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In the Press
“We can’t afford to have Democrats that are going to run to the middle and play it safe, side with Republicans. And it’s not that I’m opposed to bipartisanship, but what does it get you when that bipartisanship has always been compromising Democratic values?”Read More >
City & State New York
November 10, 2019
“Donald Trump isn’t an anomaly. He is a natural result of a broken political and economic system that allows him to rise. This is a part of the complicity of the Democratic establishment that continues to play politics as usual...”Read More >
November 4, 2019
Gagarin will reject corporate donations. Meng has not. “Since 2013 our district hasn't had a choice, and I'm going to provide that choice,” Gagarin said.Read More >
Queens Daily Eagle
July 23, 2019