Meet the candidates: Primary elections underway in NYC

Cyril Josh Barker | 6/18/2020, midnight
The primary elections in New York State are set to take place on June 23 but early voting has already ...
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Several seats are up for grabs in the New York State Assembly. One highly contested race is the vacant District 31 seat in Southern Queens last occupied by Michele Titus, who assumed office in January as a civil court judge. Several candidates are running for the seat including

Khaleel Anderson of the Working Families Party, Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. executive director Richard David, U.S. Army veteran Derrick DeFlorimonte, office manager for State Sen. James Sanders, Jr., Lisa George and community organizer Shea Uzoigwe.

Another Assembly race to watch is the Bronx’s District 79 race. The seat was vacated by incumbent Michael Blake, who is running for Congress. Candidates looking to replace him include political consultant George Alvarez, social worker Chantel Jackson, community organizer Dion Powell and community organizer Elvis Santana.

Another candidate in the race is former Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who is re-running for his old District 79 Assembly seat. Stevenson served in the State Assembly from 2011 to 2014 before being convicted on bribery and extortion charges and serving three years in prison.

Former State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is vying to get back into politics by running against incumbent Diana Richardson for Brooklyn’s 43 District seat. Hamilton lost his state senate seat in 2018 when he was defeated by Zellmor Myrie. Registered nurse Phara Souffrant Forrest is looking to beat incumbent Walter T. Moseley in Brooklyn’s 57th District.

Queens will elect a new borough president after former B.P. Melinda Katz’s election to Queen’s District Attorney. Candidates in the race include City Council Members Donovan Richards, Costa Constantinides, former City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, retired NYPD sergeant Anthony Miranda and community activist and businessman Dao Yin.