2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 35th City Council District

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Laurie A. Cumbo
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Candidate for 35th District City Council

Previous Occupation(s): Founder and Executive Director of Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). Graduate Professor at Pratt institute of the Arts and Cultural Management Program

Education: Berkley College Day School for Middle School, Brooklyn Technical High School, Spelman College, Masters Degree from New York University

Organizational Affiliations: Member of ARTTABLE, the American Association of Museums, the National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups, the Cultural Equity Group, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance and the Spelman College Alumni Association.

Prior Public Experience: Founded Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts which provides gallery and public art exhibitions as well as outdoor film festivals, musical performances, programs in NYCHA developments, after-school programming, seniors and children workshops, as well as cultural tours.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 35 you would address if elected?

I most want to address issues of equity. I believe that addressing equity is the way to combat issues such as poverty, gun violence, lack of affordable housing, poor performing schools, and many other issues that adversely effect the future and vitality of New York City.


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

The immediate issues that I would address would be to raise the minimum wage and index it for inflation, provide real paid sick leave for all employees, and negotiate the important contracts that are so over due for labor and union employees for the benefit of our hard working citizens.


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

As a former museum director, college educator, and small business owner, I am the only candidate with a tangible and visual track record for leadership in Brooklyn, NY. I believe I am in a unique position to represent the people of the 35th Council District and I will bring creativity and innovation to the City Council to discover new ideas and possibilities to make New York City a more equitable place.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • WF = Working Families