2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 8th City Council District

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Ralina Cardona

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Entrepreneur-transformative behavior and community development

Previous Occupation(s): Singer, producer

Education: Fieldston High School, Boston University-School of Fine Arts, Berklee College of Music, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Organizational Affiliations: New York State Director-League of United Latin American Citizens, Chairperson-Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs, Treasurer-East Harlem Business Capital Corp., Trustee-Boricua College, Member- New York Yankee Council, Member Board of Advisors American Cancer Society-Bronx Region

Prior Public Experience: Judicial Delegate

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 08 you would address if elected?

District 8 has one of the highest saturations of public and subsidized housing in the country. Housing not only provides necessary shelter, it should build economic and demographic growth to make our district a vibrant community.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Local Economy-I will develop a strategy focused on helping our local entrepreneurs become more successful to bring more wealth into the community.
Youth-"Our Youth Are Not Bad...They Are Bored" If we don't keep them busy others will.
Education- Create strategic partnerships to build curriculums that stimulate and encourage learning
Health-Address the epidemic of disseases by preventive medical options and interventions
Elderly-They took care of us, we must take care of them


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I was born and raised in the district. I chose to stay, I own a home on the block where I grew up. I lived through the South Bronx Fires and helped rebuild the district. My service and love of my community, training and global initiatives have prepared me for this position.


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  • D = Democratic
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • R = Republican
  • WF = Working Families