15th Congressional District challengers

Cyril Josh Barker | 4/12/2011, 5:23 p.m.

When it comes to the gubernatorial race, Faulkner said he's been too busy with his campaign to announce his support for one candidate. He's not supporting Andrew Cuomo, but favors Charles Barron and Carl Paladino.

Craig Schley

The other candidate in the 15th Congressional District is Craig Schley, who is running as the Independent Party candidate and under his own VOTE People for Change Party. Formerly a firefighter in the Atlanta area, he currently serves as block association president and founder of political organization, VOTE People for Change.

Schley also has experience in working for the State Supreme Court and the Commission on Human Rights, as well as for criminal defense attorneys. He's recently been trying to defend his block from a rezoning proposal by the Abyssinian Development Corporation to bring housing he feels isn't affordable.

Changing parties, this time Schley claims that after the 2008 election, several district leaders from the Republican, Democratic and Independence Party asked him to run for Congress on their lines.

"I realized that the field of candidates in the Democratic Party was going to be full," he said. "It was a political and tactical decision not to run on that line. I wanted to make a distinction between the status quo and that this would be a clean start from politics as usual."

On the issues, Schley said that he wants to create jobs by bringing multimedia arts and the entertainment industry uptown. He said that several people who work in the entertainment industry live in Harlem.

"What Hollywood is to L.A., the arts and entertainment industry could be here," Schley said. "What they've done in the past is they never sought to put it as an industry. They've only used arts as a mixed-use attraction for realtors. It brings tourism, provides work, retail, distribution, marketing, storage and all types of things."

He opposes the 125th Street rezoning proposal and wants more affordable housing and more funding for public schools in the district. On the national level, he wants to revisit the public option for health care, give hazardous-duty pay to first responders and wants federal review of questionable police practices.

In the gubernatorial race, Schley said that he's putting his support behind Charles Barron.