Assembly District 57 - Democratic Primary
★PREFERRED CANDIDATE – OLANIKE ALABI– DEM★
Education: Temple University (degree not reported); University of London (degree not reported); School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University (degree not reported)
Olanike Alabi is running for State Assembly because she is committed to public service, would like to increase representation of women in the legislature, and believes she could utilize government to make a difference in people’s lives. As a district leader, Alabi has interviewed poll workers to help ensure the efficiency of poll sites on Election Day. She has also used her position as district leader to stock food pantries and raise funds for local public schools. Alabi would like to see more accountability for government agencies and would look at how these agencies are performing to ensure their efficiency. She has stated that she embraces CU’s reform issues and would like to see public financing of campaigns instituted and would vote in favor of the redistricting reform constitutional amendment. Seeing its operations first-hand, she is also in favor of reforming the boards of election so that employees are appointed based on merit. Alabi believes that she could work together with Citizens Union to achieve many of her and our reform goals. Other pressing issues for Alabi are healthcare, education, and housing—she sees foreclosures as a major problem and would like to create a counseling program for those who have been forced out of their homes. Due to her specificity about how to bring about government reform and her legislative interests, Citizens Union prefers her in the Democratic Primary.