Williams Supports Activist Chandler-Waterman in Council Bid

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams alongside 45th Council District candidate Monique Chandler-Waterman. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

In East Flatbush, at the corner of Newkirk Avenue and Nostrand Avenue – co-named Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard after the Haitian Revolution leader – Public Advocate Jumaane Williams officially endorsed activist Monique Chandler-Waterman to take over his Council seat in the 45th District (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Canarsie). Six other candidates are on the ballot for the May 14 special election, including Farah Louis, Williams’ former deputy chief of staff.

Kings County Politics’ Kelly Mena reports:

Williams was quick to note that he pushed Chandler-Waterman to run for elected office even before the special election due to her community work through her non-profit East Flatbush Village Inc. The mother of four first met Williams ten years ago through her non-profit work in the community which would later land her a job as a community liaison in his office.

“To see where we were then and to what she has done with the organization now without a dime in the beginning, is remarkable and should be applauded. About a year and a half-ago, before the Lieutenant Governor’s race, when I knew I would be term-limited out, I said to Monique, “I encourage you to run,” said Williams.

Go to Kings County Politics to see which prominent local official endorsed Louis. And read more on why Williams threw his support behind Chandler-Waterman and why he chose that part of East Flatbush to make the announcement.

As Bklyner’s Kadia Goba notes, the winner of the special election will run again in the primary just weeks later. She lists the candidates:

  • Monique Chandler-Waterman (Vital Voice)
  • Farah Louis (A United 45)
  • L. Rickie Tulloch (Peoples Movement)
  • Xamayla Rose (Rose For Progress)
  • Anthony Alexis (Unite to Uplift)
  • Adina Sash (Community First)
  • Victor Jordan (Last Chance)

On April 18, the NYC Campaign Finance Board announced that Chandler-Waterman and Louis would each receive $135,375 in public funds for their campaigns, while Sash would receive $69,411.

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