How Can You Contribute To Someone’s Political Campaign

There are many forms which you may help someone who is running for office. You can volunteer, provide a financial contribution or in-kind contribution. I will use myself as an example in this scenario, since I am running for office. My name is Gonzalo Duran and I am running for New York City Council, Bronx District 17 for the 2023 election.

1. Volunteer:

  • You can volunteer to be a key position in someones campaign. For example their campaign manager, treasurer, volunteer coordinator, and so on. You can even help them get signatures for their campaign, which is a vital part to get someone on the ballot for the primary elections.

If you would like to volunteer for my campaign, feel free to reach out to me by email at

2. Financially:

  • You can support them by credit card via the platform Contribute.

You can contribute to my campaign by clicking on the link below.

  • You can support them by filling out their Contribution Card.

You can contribute to my campaign by filling out the information and giving it to me in person or sending it to me. If you want to send me a Contribution Card, reach out to me by email at

  • You can provide them an in-kind contribution. This means you provide a service or good to them with your own funds. Examples of in-kind contributions are giving them snacks, water or print outs of petitions. In-kind contribution still must be recorded.

If you would like to provide me with an in-kind contribution, feel free to message me by email at for more information.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me by email at

Dinner 2/3/2023

I love shrimp but I’m not crazy about cooking shrimp. To make my life easier, this past month. I have been using frozen shrimp and I just straight thaw it while I cook it.

It’s overall fine but it’s just missing that freshness taste. This week, I will thaw it first and then cook it. Let’s see how it goes.

Do you only cook fresh raw shrimp or frozen? What are your thoughts?

Dinner 2/2/2023

Tonight a fellow neighbor made a donation for my chef services.

Tonight’s menu was steak with caramelized onions and garlic. Salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Corn infused with parmesan and butternut squash with a hint of coconut.

Sgt Gonzalo Duran Declares War On Bronx Dems

Dr. King had a dream and unfortunately he was not able to see it come to fruition. I also have a dream, but it’s centered around my beloved Bronx.

My dream is for a government system that does not blatantly insult us. We have millionaires, real estate tycoons, and construction juggernauts, who are either in office or have their personnel take over for them when they leave office. We all know this is what happens, but no one wants to say it, not publicly. I am and I want the community to stand behind me.

Soon, the Bronx will be no different than the other boroughs who priced out their people in the name of progress. Yes, we are allowing it under the disguise of a free turkey once a year or a small bill which passes that puts a bandage on larger issues that plague us all.

We have reached such a disgusting level of political plait, I would like for you to be the first to know that I have decided to run for City Council.

What you should know and how you can help me soon are the following:

        – I pledge a 50% pay decrease if elected to allocate the funds for more staff members.

        – I will hold biweekly meet & greets with community members. (My goal is weekly)

        – I will ask for $1 from all my friends, family, and individuals who want to see change, not only in the Bronx but also in America.

Dinner 1/22/2023

I know, I probably shouldn’t be making spaghetti before my 1st run of the year tomorrow but I figured I’d get some carbs in.

So I had two plates, don’t judge me!

Spaghetti is Veronica’s (my daughter) favorite dish. So whenever i make it, I try to make it the best meal I ever made. So far, I’ve never disappointed her or anyone else.

I didn’t make a salad because I think it’s weird to eat spaghetti with a salad. How about you?

The Tastiest Treats In The Bronx

Recently I had the pleasure of purchasing a treat from Rebecca’s Sweets & Spices while volunteering at a local vendors popup at Confetti Party Place 3190 Westchester Ave. Bronx, NY.

As the event was closing, Rebecca offered me a plastic jar of treats. I thanked her but told her, “I don’t eat that much sweets”. She insisted and I told her, I would eat it with my friends one day and my mother the next. She chuckled and we both thanked each other.

As I ate my treats through the week, I was so enamored with the jar of coconut bites. I don’t even like coconut! So, I was surprised with my 1st bite and throughly enjoyed it all the way to my last. Check out her menu below:

Now that I told you about my Sweets & Spices’ experience, let me tell you a bit about the woman behind the magic.

Rebecca Huertas is the youngest of three girls. She was born on May 19th, 1973 on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Lydia Diaz and Benjamin Huertas. Her parents were very influential. They always encouraged a commitment to excellence and having a champion spirit. Her family still plays a strong role in the success of the business today with its strong Puerto Rican heritage, alongside of growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and being exposed to many cultures, makes this business venture an avenue of truly getting back to family basics, and creating a product that would raise a person’s endorphins with a true nostalgic experience.

In 2016, Rebecca landed her first major client, Trump Golf Links, at Ferry Point, Bronx, NY. Rebecca established herself as the dessert provider for their dessert menu. She also became the official pastry vendor for Judy Torres “No Reason to Cry” off Broadway show at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in New York City, and participated in Bronx YMCA Flea Market and Summer Extravaganza in 2016 and 2017.

In 2017, as Rebecca gained recognition, she was contacted by Telon Washington, the Casting Associate Producer for Food Networks Baking Championship in April 2017 and was extended an invitation in becoming a participant on the show. Although Rebecca did not participate in this event, she was humbled and honored to be recognized.

Rebecca continued her journey and began participating in Markets and Events such as The Hester Street Fair in 2017, Confetti Party Place Bronx NY “Sip and Paint” events 2017 and 2018, “Ugly Sweater Coquito” event 2016 and 2017, Jacobi Medical Center food vendor events in 2017, and the Northeast Bronx Community Farmers Market Project in 2017.

Tahai Addae from the Bronx River Alliance also contacted Ms. Huertas, and in July 2018 Rebecca provided her pastries at their Black-Tie affair for the 20 Elite Bronx Zoo Member/Donators.

In 2019 Rebecca was surprised with an award for best tasting desserts at the 12 th Annual Allerton International Food Festival. Rebecca also participated in Marina Del Rey NAICA 45 Years Celebration Gala, Bronx Fashion Week Holiday Market at the mall at Bay Plaza, Salsa En El Barrio, the Hester Street Fair.

Today Rebecca’s Sweets and Spices is a regular vendor with The Northeast Bronx Community Farmers Market, and the business has participated in their various events including Gun Hill Brewery, Bronx Museum, Confetti Party Place, and Brady Community Court.

Rebecca’s dream has surely left memorable moments for both herself, her sponsors, new clients and her regular clientele, and she managed to accomplish all this while raising her young son Chase, who is now 10 years old. This remarkable woman makes you wonder, “what can’t she do?” as she dazzles your taste buds with the freshest ingredients, making everything from scratch, and ensuring that every product that leaves her kitchen is sampled and surveyed to provide the best for her customers, because after all the experience must be memorable. So, take a moment to visit this cozy place in your mind as your taste bud’s dance. I promise there is something on her menu that will bring you a true nostalgic experience.

To contact Rebecca:
(646) 246-3899