2009-09-11 / Editorial/Opinion

Wave Primary Election Endorsements

While The Wave traditionally does not endorse candidates in primary elections, it seems to us that this year's crop of Democratic primaries is just too important to ignore, especially given the fact that the huge registration discrepancy in favor of Democratic voters usually means a victory for whomever is chosen in those primaries. Therefore, we have decided to endorse candidates for the two local primary elections. We will endorse candidates for the citywide elections as well as for the two local elections in the week prior to the November 3 election. For City Council in the 31st Councilmanic District, The Wave endorses Fred Lewis. There are six candidates running to unseat the incumbent, James Sanders Jr. They all smell the blood in the water because Sanders voted with the mayor on extending term limits and has engendered the anger of his constituents over that issue, as well as the poor service his office has provided local residents. He does not deserve another term. Given that, we studied the other candidates for a worthy successor. Marquez Claxton is an ex-detective who now does private investigations. He is a founding member of the 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. Michael Duncan is the director of a non-profit organization and was the chief of staff for Sanders. Lou Grays is a retired teacher at Springfield Gardens High School. Jacques Leandre is a civil attorney with ties to the Nation of Islam and the Rosedale Jets youth football league. Fred Lewis was the special assistant to the Manhattan Borough President and has been involved in every level of city and state government. For his commitment to the Rockaway community and his long-standing government service, we endorse Fred Lewis.

For Borough President, The Wave endorses Marc Leavitt. Current Borough President Helen Marshall says she loves Rockaway, but seems to leave the peninsula out whenever there is real money to spend. We have to ask her where her support went for the YMCA pool, for the unused courthouse project, and for many other projects that would have revitalized the peninsula. She does not deserve another term. There are two others running to unseat her. Robert Schwartz is a dairy company executive with no prior government experience, although he has run for office twice before. Marc Leavitt is an attorney and a civic activist who has worked on many local causes. For his community work and activism, we endorse Mark Leavitt for Borough President.

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