Council Hopefuls Vie for Leroy Comrie's Southeast Queens Seat
QUEENS — With City Councilman Leroy Comrie forced out of office due to term limits, six Democrats are vying to replace him, including a labor union head, political insiders and the founder of a local non-profit.
Comrie, who represents the Council Dictrict 27, which includes Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights and portions of Queens Village, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens, endorsed I. Daneek Miller, president of the Queens chapter of the Amalgamated Transportation Union.
Also running are Joan Flowers, an attorney, who served as an aide to Rep. Gregory Meeks and state Sen. Malcolm Smith; Gregory Mays, a Harvard graduate, who is the founder of the non-profit A Better Jamaica and a member of Community Board 12; Sondra Peeden, who is currently an aide to City Councilman Ruben Wills and a partner at the consulting firm Peeden, Jacobs and Associates; and Clyde Vanel, an intellectual property lawyer.
Another seat, currently held by Councilman James Gennaro, is also being vacated due to term limits.
Rory Lancman, former State Assemblyman who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012, is among the candidates seeking the Council District 24 seat, which includes Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, and portions of Jamaica.
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