Carrión Carries On Despite Low Poll Numbers

Adolfo Carrión hopes to wake the Latino "sleeping giant" by the November mayoral elections. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Adolfo Carrión hopes to wake the Latino “sleeping giant” by the November mayoral elections. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Despite the odds stacked against him, Adolfo Carrión trudges onward with his campaign for mayor, vying for voters and press attention as the Independence Party candidate this November, reports Gotham Gazette and Queens Latino.

During his campaign, the former Bronx borough president has tried to convince voters that he is not an outlier but  in fact a viable rival to Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio and Republican contender Joe Lhota.

One of the platforms that Carrión, a former school teacher, says sets him apart from his competitors is his plan on education.

In an interview with the Gotham Gazette, the former Democrat explained what he called his “outside the box” ideology.

We need schools to put them on STEAAM — science, engineering, the arts, athletics and math. We need to go from STEM to STEAAM,” he said.

We do that by extending the life of the school building. We go from five days at seven hours a day to 14 hours a day, seven days a week so that they become community life and education centers. So the traditional classroom education continues — it doesn’t continue the class instruction time but we use the time to address family issues and other things that need attention. […] we will impose a filter for the funding that says your funding has to include a relationship with the neighborhood school so now the local arts group uses the theater as a performance place, the neighborhood sports groups now play in the schoolyard.

If the community chooses, it runs a community farmers’ market on Friday or weekends or whatever. The rooftop now becomes green roof or garden. We put a job training and business expo in the school yard. We can use it as a incubator for local home based businesses…People have been talking about reform for a long time. We need more than that.

While Carrión’s education reform ideas may sound appealing, a Quinnipiac poll from October 3 afforded him just 2 percent support among the electorate.

Still, Carrión pushes on, using his run in the Independence Party to voice his dissatisfaction with the two party system, in particular as a Latino.

“As Hispanics, we have been loyal to the Democratic party for decades and we haven’t seen real results in the realms of housing, education and protection for our families and elders,” Carrión told Javier Castaño of Queens Latino.

Carrión said that just 14 percent of registered Latino democrats turned out to the polls for the September primaries. His hope is to stir this dormant electorate and change the playing field on November 5.

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