Queens and Bronx, NY…

Today the Queens and Bronx County Republican Committees jointly announced their endorsement of former NYPD officer and current high school civics teacher John Cummings to take on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

Queens Republican Party Chairwoman Joann Ariola-Shanks said, “John Cummings’ background as an NYPD officer and high school civics teacher could not be better suited to take on our absentee socialist congresswoman. This election will be one of the most important in the country as the very soul of our nation is at stake. This campaign will be a battle between socialism and freedom and John is the right candidate at the right time to take the fight directly to the people of the 14th Congressional District and expose AOC’s socialism for what it is: dangerous. I am proud to put my full support behind John Cummings and I look forward to fighting side by side and unseating AOC.”

Bronx Republican Party Chairman Mike Rendino said, “John Cummings is one of us. Unlike AOC who is actually from Westchester, John was born and raised in the district. While AOC still doesn’t even have an office in the Bronx portion of the district, John has been serving our community his whole life, first as a New York City Police Officer and now as a civics teacher at St. Raymond High School. While AOC has been stumping in Iowa with her socialist comrade Bernie Sanders, John has been living a life of service. Endorsing John Cummings is a no brainer for us and the Bronx Republican Party is looking forward to going door to door with John in the 14th Congressional District and beating not only AOC this November, but socialism itself.”

John Cummings said, “From supporting the dangerous bail reform legislation out of Albany to killing the Amazon deal and the tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that would have come with it, our Congresswoman has proven herself a danger to our community. I am truly humbled by the support my campaign has received and pleased that my message is resonating. I AM YOU – I live where you live, I eat where you eat, I work where you work, I sit in the same traffic you do. I am honored to have the support of Chairwoman Ariola-Shanks and Chairman Rendino and am looking forward to working together to send AOC back to Westchester.”


Born and raised in Parkchester, John Cummings followed in his father’s footsteps and was sworn in as a New York City Police Officer in 1983. Initially assigned to NSU (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit) 7, in the South Bronx, which covered the 40, 42, 44, and 48 precincts, he was then assigned to the 46th precinct, where he remained for 2 years. Following in his father’s footsteps once again, he was assigned to the NYPD Harbor Unit, where he served first as an operations coordinator in the Bronx, and then as a member of the Harbor George unit in College Point, Queens. John suffered a serious knee injury in the line of duty, and was forced to retire in July 1991, and did so with multiple commendations for bravery and excellence in the line of duty.

Returning to his alma mater, Saint Raymond High School for Boys, John has been teaching History and Government for over 20 years. He has also been the Alumni Coordinator, Director of Development, the History Department Chairperson, and the Recruiting Coordinator, a role he now handles in addition to his teaching duties. John also serves as the cantor at school Masses, held on Catholic Holy Days of obligation.

For more information please visit https://cummings2020.com