Vote to make voice heard in District 12
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BRONX TIMES R 12 EPORTER, DECEMBER 18-24, 2020 BTR
BY BRONX TIMES
On Saturday, Dec. 12, City Council
District 12 kicked off early voting for
the special election to fi ll ex-Councilman
Andy King’s seat.
The Council ousted King per the
recommendation from the Standards
and Ethics Committee, which alleged
incidents of harassment, retaliation,
disorderly conduct and confl icts of interest.
Days after King’s expulsion, Mayor
Bill de Blasio announced that there
would be a special election to fi ll the
vacant seat. He encouraged those in
District 12 — which includes the neighborhoods
of Wakefi eld, Olinville, Edenwald,
Baychester and Co-op City — to “vote
early, in person, or by absentee ballot
in the upcoming special election and
get the representation they deserve.”
Voting for a worthy elected offi cial
is exactly what City Council District 12
Representatives elected to the City
Council are responsible for making
sure their constituents’ needs are met
at a local level. Council members serve
as a check on the mayor’s power, ensure
that city agencies are doing what
they should and approve the city budget
among other responsibilities.
Make sure your vote is for the person
who has the community’s best interests
The three candidates vying for the
seat are Kevin Riley, district leader of
the 83rd Assembly District, Pamela
Hamilton-Johnson, the president of
Community Education Council 11 and
Neville Mitchell, a public defender.
While the Bronx Times isn’t endorsing
any specifi c candidate, voters are
encouraged to do their due diligence
when researching candidates and their
platforms before hitting the polls.
From now until Sunday, Dec. 20,
District 12 residents can participate in
early voting. Visit vote.nyc/page/12thcity
get information on early voting dates
Tuesday, Dec. 22 is the offi cial election
day for this race. Polls will be open
from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
To fi nd your early voting or election
day poll site, visit fi ndmypollsite.vote.
nyc and put in your home address.
Photo by Alex Mitchell