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Brooklyn Assemblywoman Inez Barron going for City Council seat

6/13/2013, 2:08 p.m.
Brooklyn Assemblywoman Inez Barron going for City Council seat

On Saturday, June 8, at her new campaign office, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, along with the Friends of Inez Barron Committee and community residents, hosted the grand opening of her new office and the official launch of her campaign to occupy the soon-to-be vacant Council seat, now held by her husband, Council Member Charles Barron.

Inez Barron presently serves as the state assemblywoman representing the 60th Assembly District in Brooklyn. Her supporters proclaim her to be a strong, independent voice in Albany.

Said Barron, "As a result of term limits, I have decided to enter the race to become the next City Council member for the 42nd Council District. Over the last 11 and a half years, Council Member Charles Barron, my husband, has done a marvelous job of empowering the communities in the 42nd Council District from restoring and renovating parks to being the number one councilman in Brooklyn responsible for providing affordable housing and building brand new schools to preserving African burial grounds identified in East New York to helping to drive down the crime and unemployment rates for his district.

"I want to continue to build on that legacy. Having been married to Charles for over 30 years, I've learned from him how to get results without compromising my principles. My running for, and winning, the Council seat means this community can continue to count on strong, progressive, knowledgeable leadership that will continue to be a voice that stands for righteousness and empowerment in this community."

As an assemblywoman, Barron has participated in drafting legislative proposals related to human services, education, crime, housing and the environment. Some of the issues she said that she feels are critical are supporting public education, job creation, protecting working families and collective bargaining rights, assessing affordable health care, ensuring affordable housing for all, ensuring safe and thriving neighborhoods, providing support services for our youth and senior citizens, and supporting the rights of women.

Barron has garnered the support of the grassroots leadership, clergy, elected officials on various levels and a number of unions, including 1199 SEIU, UFT, CLC, RWDSU, TWU and the Working Families Party.