2001-06-09 / Front Page

Baker’s Dozen In East End

Baker’s Dozen In East End

Race for City Council Seat

By Howard Schwach

As crowded as the City Council race for the West End’s 32 District might be, multiply the number of people running by two and add a few and you have some idea of the crowded field in the East End’s 31 District.

As The Wave went to press, there were thirteen (or, perhaps more) candidates who had filed for the seat with the Board of Elections, and while some have been rumored to have dropped from the race, it is unclear as to whether a number of the candidates who filed are still candidates or not.

Leading the pack by the dint of her designation as the official candidate for City Council in District 32 by the Democratic leadership is Charlotte Jefferson of Laurelton.

Jefferson is a long-time Democratic leader in Laurelton and is presently the vice president for development for Samaritan House, a drug rehab program. She has worked with Governor Cuomo on a number of family-related projects.

Jefferson is only one of the many "mainland" candidates for the position, however. The others (in no particular order) are: Sikru Fadairo, James Blake, Carol Howell, Rosalind O’Neal, Ed Lewis, Everly Brown and Geraldine Morgan.

A number of those who live on the peninsula have also indicated that they are in the race, including James Sanders, Jr., David Hooks, Henrietta Fullard, Rey Clarke and Gian Jones.

Everly Brown has run for office a number of times, most recently as a Republican in the race against the present City Council member, Juanita Watkins. He is expected to be the only Republican running for the open seat and will therefore face whichever Democrat wins the primary election.

James Sanders is a long-time member of Community School Board 27 and has served as its president. He was instrumental in bringing distance learning to the peninsula.

David Hooks is a member of Community Board 14 and has been active in the minority community and in politics for many years.

Henrietta Fullard is the pastor of the Beth El AME in Rockaway.

Rey Clarke is a parent activist in the Bayswater community and was a long-time member of the Bayswater Security Patrol, a volunteer anti-crime patrol. He was the Parent Association president at both PS 104 and Far Rockaway High School.

Those who filed with either the Board of Elections or with the Campaign Finance Committee now must garner the requisite number of signatures on nominating petitions. Republican candidates must gather approximately 500 signatures to remain on the ballot while Democrats must gather approximately 1,500 signatures.

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