SOUTH BRONX — The pool of candidates for the vacant City Council seat representing the 17th District has dwindled to six, after the Board of Elections kicked five of the people running off the ballot at the Feb. 8 Commissioners' Meeting.
Candidates Elliott Quinones and John Perez were removed from the ballot for not meeting the minimum requirement of 450 signatures on their nominating petitions, while candidates Helen Foreman-Hines and Carlton Curry were kicked off for filing their paperwork late.
Amanda Septimo was taken off of the ballot as well for initially naming her party Democratic Values, which was not allowed because she is running in a nonpartisan election, and using the name of an existing political party could confuse voters, according to the city.
Candidates left on the ballot in the still-crowded Council race include Rafael Salamanca, Julio Pabon, Joann Otero, George Alvarez, Marlon Molina and the Rev. J. Loren Russell, according to the BOE.
The special election for the vacant City Council seat will take place on Feb. 23. The spot opened up after former Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo made a surprise announcement that she would resign at the end of 2015 due to family issues.