The forum was hosted by the NYC Equality Coalition, a group of black and Latino LGBTQ organizations and leaders, along with Dickens as a special guest.
Dozens of residents and supporters came out to hear from the candidates, one of which will go on to represent District 9 which covers Harlem, parts of the Upper West Side Morningside Heights and East Harlem.
With just a month to go until the Feb. 14 special election, the crowded field of candidates used the forum to discuss their record with the LGBTQ community as well as how they would allocate resources for that particular community if they were elected to the council.
The candidates running in the District 9 race, include, from left to right: Charles Cooper, a former Community Board 9 vice chairman and businessman; Marvin Holland, policy director for TWULocal 100; Dawn Simmons, a teacher and social worker; Mamadou Drame, a community activist; Larry Scott Blackmon, the former Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach at the city Parks Department; Pierre Gooding, former general counsel for Success Academy; Donald D. Fields, a businessman; Troy Outlaw, a former City Council aide; State Sen. Bill Perkins; Athena Moore, an aide to the Manhattan Borough President; Not pictured: Todd R. Stevens and Shanette M. Gray. View Full Caption
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