8 City Council candidates vie for Jumaane Williams’ former seat in special election

The winner of the special election on May 14 will take the City Council seat formerly held by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
The winner of the special election on May 14 will take the City Council seat formerly held by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Photo Credit: Romie DeCosta/ American Kennel Club

Eight candidates are running in the City Council special election next week to fill the seat left open by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

Williams represented Brooklyn’s District 45, which includes Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood and Canarsie, until he was elected public advocate in a special election in February. 

Scroll down to learn more about the election.

When is the special election?

Tuesday, May 14, with polls opening at 6 a.m.

How long will the winner serve?

The winner of the special election will serve for the remainder of the year, but will have to run again in a primary on June 25 and the general election on Nov. 5 to complete Williams’ term, through 2021. 

The election is nonpartisan and all registered voters in District 45 can vote. 

To find your polling site, check the NYC Board of Elections website.

Who are the candidates?

Here are the eight candidates who will be on the ballot on Tuesday, along with their party lines.

Anthony Alexis (Unite to Uplift)

Alexis is a former staffer at the New York State Assembly and City Council staffer. He ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2001.

Monique Chandler-Waterman (A Vital Voice)

A community activist and former teacher, Chandler-Waterman is the founder of a youth services organization called East Flatbush Village. 

Victor Jordan (Last Chance)

Jordan is an economist and former high school math teacher and law professor.

Farah N. Louis (A Unified 45)

Louis is Williams’ former deputy chief of staff and a former union organizer.

Jovia Radix (Justice for All)

Radix is an attorney and the former Brooklyn regional director for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Xamayla Rose (Rose For Progress)

Rose is the co-founder of an anti-violence nonprofit called the Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign and a former aide to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. 

Adina Sash (Community First)

Known as Flatbush Girl on social media, Sash is a community activist. 

L. Rickie Tulloch (Peoples Movement)

Tulloch is a senior director in the facilities development office of NYC Health + Hospitals and a former chair of Community Board 17.

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