The race to replace Councilmember Leroy Comrie for District 27 already has multiple contenders who are raring to address community issues.
Manuel Caughman, community liaison for Assemblymember William Scarborough; Bryan Block, Community Board 13 chair; Joan Flowers, local attorney; Sondra Peeden, a political consultant; and Daneek Miller, a community and labor activist, have all filed their names with the Board of Elections.
“I believe that as large a city as New York is, we can still get to a place where we have a sense of community, where people are willing to reach out and help each other and extend themselves on behalf of their neighbor,” Peeden said.
Peeden and her fellow candidates are focused on a variety of issues, namely education, foreclosures and crime.
“I want to work with young people [to] make sure they’re safe, and not perpetuating the things they can do when they’re misled or don’t have guidance in their life,” Miller said.
Caughman believes controlling gun violence is a goal to pursue and said he wants to work with police to development technologies needed to combat crime.
When it comes to education, Peeden sees the need to take schools out of mayoral control and bring it back to the community. Similarly, Caughman thinks more parental input is necessary.
Miller, if elected, hopes to look deep into school policies so they can continue to meet Department of Education (DOE) standards and avoid threats of closure.
Late last year, Comrie met with Miller about being his successor. After some thought, Miller said he took him up on his suggestion.
“[I feel] it’s a necessity to have a voice for the working people,” said Miller, who is currently the president of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1056. “If you have a record of bringing people together, folks gravitate towards that.”
The primary election is slated for June or September.
Block and Flowers did not return calls for comment as of press time.