Hottest Races of the City Council Elections
From El Diario
August 25, 2003
By Fernando Aquino
Splashed with the blood of councilman James Davis, who was assassinated
by an obsessed political rival in City Hall this past July 23,
the New York City elections have continued without calling much
attention to themselves, except for 2 or 3 really competitive races.
just days before the primary election on September 9, perhaps many
New Yorkers are not aware that the 51 districts of the City
Council will have elections that day. They also may not know that
165 people, including 50 candidates, are competing for those districts.
the public debate has been almost null, now the candidates are
getting into the typical legal fights, trying to prevent their
opponents from getting on the ballot, a process that takes up a
lot of money and energy.
Without a doubt, one of the highest profile
races has been that of district 35, in which Geoffrey Davis, the
brother of the late
councilman James Davis, intends to take his place. Letitia James,
who is on the ballot for the Family Worker party and Abraham E.
Waserman, the conservative party, are also competing in this district,
which includes Fort Green, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights in
Brooklyn. Up until now, Geoffrey, who is left with the legacy of
his dead brother, has had no problem in the September primaries.
His difficulties could present themselves in November though, when
he will have to face the aforementioned candidates.
There are around
a half a dozen raced that have also called attention to themselves.
In the Bronx, in District 12, Shirley Sauners, who lost to Larry
Seabrook by 103 votes in the 2001 elections, is trying one more
time to challenge the veteran.
In District 18, in the Bronx, Pedro
G. Espada, who substituted for his father on the ballot, faces
the powerful Democrat machine
of the "county of salsa and the Health Union 1199," which
is supporting the candidacy of Annabel Palma, of the democratic
In Queens, in District 28, councilmember Allan Jennings,
who filled the newspaper with information about district 28 by
to Jesus Christ, is competing. After declaring his love for a young
Chinese girl in newspaper ads, and calling Mayor Michael Bloomberg
a dictator, he could have difficulties. Jennings faces Stephen
S. Jones, Ivonne Reddick, and Inderjit Singh, for the democratic
In District 37, of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, Councilman Erik
Dilan also faces a difficult race, faced with ex-state senator
Santiago, who was supplanted by the father of Councilman, Martín
In District 34, also in Brooklyn, Councilmember
Dyana Reyna faces quite a challenge against Juan Martínez.
Reyna has the support of the traditional machine, but Martínez
has obtained the endorsement of important elected officials and
the unions, including
Congresswoman Nydia Velásquez.
But the mother of all races
this election is that of District 10, in upper Manhattan, where
Miguel Martínez is fighting for
Council position with Roberto Lizardo and Ydanis Rodríguez.
Rodríguez and Lizardo obtained a good amount of votes in
the 2001 election, and now are giving the incumbent a run for his
Also in this District, José Adames, and the business
man Félix Figueroa are running on the Republican ticket.
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Translated from Spanish by Charlotte