Democrat Daryl Johnson announced his candidacy today for the New York City Council in District 16 located in the Bronx. A resident of the Bronx for more than 20 years, Johnson’s district will include Morrisania, Highbridge, Concourse, Concourse Village, Melrose and Claremont subdivisions.

Johnson was born in Brooklyn, raised in public housing in the Bronx. He has been President of the Morris Avenue Tenants Coalition, a community-based organization, which represents over 200 families and local businesses in the Morrisania and West Bronx communities since 1996.

Johnson said in a press release that he is running for City Council because, “our community, which is one of New York’s most diverse, also has many urgent needs…Too many of our schools are failing our kids.” he said.”Asthma rates are soaring. Crime rates have dropped, but shootings and felonies remain high, and we don’t see the cop on the beat like I did growing up. We are among the poorest urban districts in the United States. We deserve better.”

Johnson said his priorities as Council Member would be gun violence, affordable housing, education, community-based health services, sustainability and “busting the bureaucracy at the New York City Housing Authority, so that elevators work and a young mother or a senior doesn’t have to wait years for priority repairs.”

If Johnson wins, he will succeed current Council Member Helen Foster, who is term-limited and who succeeded her father, the Reverend Wendell Foster, elected in 1978. Johnson said that his candidacy will “return the Council seat to the people after being held by one family for nearly four decades.”

“I will ensure that the voices of Bronx residents are heard at City Hall,” said Johnson. “I am known for taking on the tough issues- when others could not, or would not. This community will no longer be defined by its challenges, but by our resolve to create lasting solutions.”