Campaigns Underway for Jumaane Williams’ Council Seat

Flatbush, Brooklyn (Photo by Pamela Drew, Creative Commons license)

Following Jumaane Williams’ win in the public advocate race on Feb. 26, his City Council seat is up for grabs and while no date has been set so far for the non-partisan special election, eight people have announced their candidacy. In profiling the candidates for Bklyner, Kadia Goba gives some background on the district:

The 45th council district covers East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park, and Midwood. More than 188,000 live in the district of which approximately 61 percent is either African American or Caribbean American.

Goba and Kelly Mena of Kings County Politics provide a roundup of the candidates:

Anthony Alexis

  • Supervises city-funded senior centers in Brooklyn
  • Worked for the State Assembly and the City Council

Anthony Beckford

Monique Chandler-Waterman 

  • Founded East Flatbush Village, a youth services nonprofit

Lou Cespedes Fernandez 

  • Architect who worked with the Department of Buildings, MTA, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and the Port Authority; fights rezoning initiatives in East Flatbush
  • Challenged Williams in 2017 for the Council seat

Farah Louis

  • Deputy chief of staff and budget director to Williams

Xamayla Rose

  • Member of Community Board 17
  • Managing director of policy and advocacy of the Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign, an anti-violence nonprofit named after her brother who was killed at age 15

Jovia Radix

  • Vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club Young Democrats
  • Served as the Brooklyn regional representative to Gov. Cuomo

Adina Sash

  • “Flatbush Girl” on social media
  • Ran against Democratic district leader Margarita Kagan in the 45th Assembly district in 2018
  • Spoke to Kings County Politics about running as an Orthodox Jewish woman in a district that is about 20 percent Jewish and heavily African- and Caribbean-American

Read more on each candidate at Bklyner and see who’s the early favorite at Kings County Politics.

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