Thus far there’s a handful of candidates vying to interchange Harlem’s Assemblymember Inez Dickens, who’s already introduced she’ll be retiring from workplace this 12 months.
The candidates for the seventieth Meeting District are Shana Harmongoff, Joshua Clennon, Maria Ordoñez, Jordan Wright, and Alpheaus Marcus, in keeping with the New York State Board of Elections (NYSBOE).
Harmongoff is a local New Yorker with a legislation diploma background. She served because the District Workplace Director and Director of Neighborhood Affairs underneath former State Senator Brian Benjamin for simply over 4 years. “After I was a child, about eight years previous, each of my dad and mom have been civically concerned within the Harlem group,” stated Harmongoff about why she’s operating. “They might at all times have me and my siblings volunteer at nursing properties and senior facilities.”
Harmongoff has devoted her platform to psychological well being and defending seniors, she stated. She labored subsequent door to Dickens whereas in Benjamin’s workplace and stated she could be honored to proceed her legacy.
“After I exit to the group, I hearken to the group and listen to what their wants are, so after I turn out to be an elected official,” stated Harmongoff, “now I’m capable of ship and create laws and provides the folks what they want.”
Beforehand, Harmongoff ran for Senate District 30 in 2022.
Clennon is a fourth-generation Harlemite. He sadly misplaced his father to gun violence at a younger age, however is utilizing the tragedy as a catalyst for his life in public service.
“He was truly holding me in his arms when he was shot and killed,” stated Clennon. “I made a decision at a younger [age] then that I needed to present again to my group to assist stop issues like that, tragedies, from taking place to future generations.”
Clennon has beforehand served because the treasurer and chair of District Wants for Manhattan Neighborhood Board 10, treasurer of the Black Caucus of the Younger Democrats of America, political director and vice chairman of the Manhattan Younger Democrats, New York County Judicial Delegate and County Committee member, and as a Democratic Nationwide Committee Delegate.
He’s additionally labored within the enviornment of reasonably priced housing and with Congressmember Charles Rangel. Beforehand, Clennon ran for Metropolis Council District 9 in 2021.
“I believe it is a pivotal time for our group. We’ve 1000’s of households being compelled out of our group annually simply because they will’t afford to boost a household right here,” stated Clennon.
Along with affordability, Clennon needs to give attention to maternal well being, toddler mortality, environmental points, and training.
Harlem native Ordoñez is a group activist who organizes for tenant rights, environmental justice, and involving extra folks within the democratic course of. She feels that elected officers have been “failing” the district for years.
Beforehand, Ordoñez additionally ran for Metropolis Council in 2021.
Ordoñez is an govt committee member of the New York Progressive Motion Community (NYPAN), is Manhattan Younger Democrats Native Political Director, and at present serves as a Democratic State Committee Member for Meeting District 70.
“Collectively we are able to make actually reasonably priced housing, training fairness, local weather justice, the New York Well being Act, union jobs with livable wages, and a Inexperienced New Deal for public housing doable in Harlem,” stated her marketing campaign web site.
The Amsterdam Information reached out to candidates Wright and Marcus however didn’t hear again by submit time.Ariama C. Lengthy is a Report for America corps member and writes about politics for the Amsterdam Information. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps maintain her writing tales like this one; please take into account making a tax-deductible present of any quantity at the moment by visiting https://bit.ly/amnews1.