City Council District 35 - Democratic Primary

 
 
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Preferred Candidate - Ede Fox - Dem
Age: N/A Occupation: Full-time candidate
Education: Vassar College, Ann Arbor (BA), UCLA (MA)

Ede Fox has served as the chief of staff for Councilmember Jumaane Williams and the legislative and budget Director for Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito. She is seeking election to the City Council because she believes the district needs a leader that recognizes the changing dynamic of its neighborhoods and people. She has an insider’s perspective on policymaking and the city budget, having worked in the City Council, and is running to institute progressive reforms. If elected, she would dedicate her time to ensuring that the city budget better targets improving education and creating jobs. Regarding reform issues, she supports police reforms such as the Community Safety Act and rules reforms that would reduce the power of the speaker and empower rank-and-file members. Regarding discretionary funds, she believes that while the current system is flawed, it better represents community interests rather than using a system of requests for proposals (RFP). She also supports participatory budgeting as an alternative to the current member item system. Citizens Union believes that Fox would be an effective advocate for reform in the City Council given her past experience, thereby earning our support.

 

       



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Olanike Alabi - Dem
Age: N/A Occupation: Full-time candidate
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 dedicated to public service, believes that the public needs leadership it can trust, and wants progress for all. She grew up in the district and has committed herself to helping the community as a member of the community board and as a district leader. She has helped raise money for schools, support food pantries in the area, and organize community forums on subjects such as stop, question, and frisk, housing, and education. Regarding reform issues, Alabi presents a strong stance: she believes that there is a necessity for reform of oversight of the police and the City Board of Elections. She views the Community Safety Act is a step in the right direction, but thinks there is still much more to be done on this issue. In terms of election reform, she is in favor of instant runoff voting, and is disturbed by the lack of oversight of the Board of Elections, citing its partisanship as one of the reasons it is ineffective. Housing in District 35 is one of Alabi’s greatest concerns; she wants housing that working families can afford and to address crucial issues with public housing. Another key issue that Alabi cited is education. She emphasizes that teachers and students need thorough support and funding. She is devoted to her district and spoke with firm clarity about solving reform issues. While CU has preferred Alabi in the past and still believes she would be a great leader for the district, her opponent had more relevant legislative experience.







Laurie Cumbo - Dem

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F. Richard Hurley - Dem
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Jelani Mashariki - Dem
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