This is one of the most politically energized primaries we’ve seen in the community for a long time.
And that’s a very good sign.
The fact that there are so many talented young people who have decided to enter the political arena is positive and encouraging. These men and women – incumbents and challengers alike – are committed, motivated and believe they can make a difference for their community and city. Hopefully their hard work will translate into more people going to the polls next Tuesday and casting their votes. Here is what the primary election landscape looks like:.
-No Primary Opponents-
There are currently 9 council members serving on the City Council. In the upcoming June 25th Democratic Primary election, 5 of the council district representatives are running unopposed:
Council President Darius Pridgen in Ellicott; Councilmember David Rivera Niagara; Councilmember Christopher D. Scanlon, South; Joel P. Feroleto in Delaware and Joseph Golombek in North District. They don’t have to campaign because no one is running against them.
-Calling it Quits-
Two of the current Coucilmembers are calling it quits. David Franczyk, Fillmore district Councilman is leaving City Hall after holding it down for 32 years. Richard Fontana, Lovejoy Council member has also decided to leave the council.
Although they’re not running, their seats are very much up for grabs!
-The Race is On-
Here is the rundown on who’s running for:
MASTEN DISTRICT (4-Year Term)
•Nathan L. Boyd
•Ulysees O. Wingo (Incumbent)
•Jennifer L. Strickland
FILLMORE DISTRICT (4-Year term):
•Gerhardt J. Yaskow
•Pharoah V. Paige
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT (4-Year Term)
•Rasheed N. Wyatt (Incumbent)
•Kathryn E.A. Franco
•Bryan J. Bollman
(Dorethea Franklin is also running for University but as a Green Party candidate. She will not be on the June 25th primary ballot but will run in the November General Election. Raymond Brinson, Democrat, was a candidate for Fillmore District but did not make the ballot. Brinson also cross-filed to run on the Conservative party ticket for Masten in the November General).
-RACE FOR COUNTY LEGISLATOR (2 Year Term)
LEGISLATOR – 1ST DISTRICT
In the seat formerly held by Barbara Miller Williams the following Democratic candidates will battle it out on Primary Election Day June 25:
•Howard J. Johnson (Incumbent)
•Tara A. Craig
LEGISLATOR – 2ND DISTRICT
The battle for the County Legislative seat in the 2nd district will be one to watch as this will be the second time the candidates have faced each other for this seat:
•April Baskin (Incumbent)
See you at the polls on Primary Election Day June 25th!