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57th Assembly District voter guide: Walter Mosely vs. Olanike Alabi vs. Martine Guerrier

for The Brooklyn Paper

Three Democrats are vying for the Assembly seat that incumbent Hakeem Jeffries will vacate as he pursues his Congressional ambitions, leaving the representation of Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Downtown, and parts of Crown Heights up for grabs.

Walter Mosley

• Democratic district leader in Fort Greene.

• Born and raised in Clinton Hill.

• Earned a law degree from Howard University.

• Worked for Gov. David Paterson and the Democratic National Party.

• Picked up endorsements from Jeffries, Borough President Markowitz, and Councilwoman Leticia James.

On his platform: “There is a great demand for the affordable housing and we are trying to get people who are not considered rich and not considered poor in a position where they don’t have to worry each and every day.”

Olanike Alabi

• Democratic district leader in Fort Greene.

• Born and raised in Brooklyn.

• Attended Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations program.

• Longtime employee labor union employee.

• Has the backing of unions including the Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association and the AFL-CIO, among others.

On why endorsements don’t matter: “Voters don’t ask me about endorsements. They ask me why I’m running, what have I done and what will I do if elected? Many endorsements are based on political deals and future ambitions.”

Martine Guerrier

• Born and raised in Queens to Haitian immigrant parents.

• Graduated from Wells College in Aurora, New York.

• Worked as chief family engagement officer for the Department of Education, where she founded the Office for Family Engagement and Advocacy.

• Took a unique approach to fund-raising — refusing to focus on individual donations.

On the problem with fund-raising: “My base can’t afford to give $100 right off the bat. I started to feel like I was a bill collector. I can see why some candidates go after organizations and the special interests.”

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one voter from the fifty-seventh says:
one voter's guide:

MOSLEY--a political insider who has spent most of his career glomming on to people in power

ALABI--attends a lot of meetings, as she likes to remind people, but doesn't seem to ever have anything to say

GUERRIER--probably the smartest of the three but ran a non-campaign until two weeks before the primary

Why didn't Tish run? She would have been a walk-in against these three. Oh, and speaking of which, her name is spelled L-e-t-i-T-i-a. And you might want to capitalize the candidates names; they are proper nouns.
Sept. 10, 2012, 12:11 pm
fort greene voter from fort greene says:
I will vote against Guerrier for her role in Joel Klein's incredibly corrupt DOE, but neither of the others honestly have a thing going for them. A very disappointing, incredibly weak field.
Sept. 10, 2012, 4:04 pm

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