Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Incumbent Member of the New York City Council, 9th District
Previous Occupation(s): Part owner of family business, LLoyd E. Dickens & Company (not involved in day to day operations)
Education: New York City Public School system (product of P.S. 133 and Julia Richmond High School). Undergraduate studies in land economics at New York University and later Howard University.
Organizational Affiliations: Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club, Lifetime Member NAACP, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women
Prior Public Experience: County Committeewoman; County Judicial Committeewoman; State Committeewoman; First Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Party; District Leader of the 70th Assembly District Part B.
1. What is the most important issue in Council District 09 you would address if elected?
I have funded organizations like Positive Workforce, the Parent Job Network, and the Exodus Transitional Network because creation of jobs in our community is of the utmost importance. I have focused on jobs because, despite our recovering economy, unemployment and underemployment remain significantly high in our community. The lack of jobs is often the underlying factor in the spread of gun and gang violence, difficulty identifying affordable housing, and many of the other issues confronting our district. To make a real impact on these issues we have to focus on improving the economic outlook of individual families. That's why my vision encompasses job creation, job retention, job retraining, and job reentry for those rejoining our community post incarceration.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
Pertinent issues I will continue to address include: Affordable housing; Health disparities; Increased MWBE participation in city contracting; Combating domestic abuse and substance abuse; Supporting our places of worship; Spurring economic development; Fully funding public education and stopping unnecessary instances of co-location
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I believe I am the best candidate for this office because I have a record and not just a resume. My track record proves that I am capable of garnering results for my constituents and will continue to do so as the Council Member representing the 9th District. I was born and raised in this community and am grateful for the opportunity to serve.
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