★PREFERRED CANDIDATE – LATRICE MONIQUE WALKER – DEM★
Occupation: Counsel, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clark
Education: Pace University (JD); SUNY Purchase (BA)
Latrice Monique Walker, an attorney, currently works for the Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, has been a lifelong resident of District 55, and is currently raising her child in the district. Walker stated that her place in life is in public service, and spoke with passion and principle about representing and educating her constituents. Her top priorities include: increasing affordable housing, job creation, raising the minimum wage, community safety, and education reform within her district. Walker strongly supports campaign finance reform, and would like to level the playing field while working towards eliminating the influence of special interests in state politics. Walker described herself as a voting rights activist, and advocated for lowering the voting age and the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot. She also stated that she would like to build community engagement and participation within the election process. Walker spoke of her plans to form coalitions while in office, and her general distaste for pay-to-play politics. She firmly stated that she will not undermine the needs of her community in order to make deals with lobbyists and special interests. Citizens Union prefers Walker because she is a principled, sharp, and articulate advocate for her community, and because of her fluency in and passion for good government reforms.