2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 31st City Council District

Donovan Richards

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: New York City Council Member, District 31

Previous Occupation(s): Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member James Sanders Jr., District 31

Education: Associate's degree in Aviation Management from Vaughn College of Aeronautics.

Organizational Affiliations: N/A

Prior Public Experience: Chief of Staff for New City Council Member James Sanders Jr., District 31.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 31 you would address if elected?

The most important issue for residents of City Council District 31 is improving our economy locally and citywide. One of the most effective ways to address this issue would be by creating local jobs for district residents.


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

Of course, the continued recovery for Hurricane Sandy is a top priority. Alongside that, we must see that the city re-invests in our public schools and libraries. We must also continue our fight to keep neighborhoods safe for our children, remove guns off our streets and fight to end the Stop-and-Frisk policy that is hurting our community and targeting our youth.


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

In the few short months since I won the special election, I have proven that I am able to get results for our district. I've proposed city legislation that would create transparency and track relief funding to ensure that the money goes where it's most needed and that local jobs are created from Sandy recovery efforts. I've also worked with the MTA to restore the A train, providing service for our constituents. There is a lot more work to do. My proven track record of fighting for our neighborhoods demonstrates that I have the leadership ability to continue to advocate on behalf of my constituents in the City Council.


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  • JE = Jobs & Education
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