Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Backing Andy King...

Bronx County Democratic Organization To Back Andy King's Bid To Replace Larry Seabrook

As many as seven candidates could vie to fill the Bronx seat of disgraced ex-City Councilman Larry Seabrook this fall. But a favorite has emerged: The Bronx Democratic County Committee will support fundraising frontrunner Andy King, a source close to the organization told the Daily News.
6472633277_1c2081856e_m.jpgOur Daniel Beekman reports:
Johnnie Goff, Pamela Johnson, Joseph Nwachukwu, Cheryl Simmons-Oliver, Larry Warden and Michael Welch have also registered with the New York City Campaign Finance Board to receive matching public campaign contributions ahead of a special election slated for Nov. 6.
The District 12 slot is up for grabs because Seabrook, a Democrat known as "The Fox" and "Cash and Carry Larry," was convicted last month of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. A Manhattan federal jury found the longtime pol guilty of steering $1.5 million in public money to shady nonprofit organizations he controlled.
Seabrook will be sentenced Jan. 8. He was convicted on 12 counts, each carrying a maximum term of 20 years in prison.
His former north Bronx district includes Co-Op City, Williamsbridge, Wakefield and Baychester, working class neighborhoods that made Seabrook the first African-American to hold elected office in three legislative branches: the state Senate, Assembly and City Council.

The crowded field of candidates now jockeying to replace him includes political neophytes and City Hall veterans both.
Warden preceded Seabrook as councilman for District 12 and worked closely with him during the 1990s, when Seabrook was a state legislator representing many of the same neighborhoods.
Goff, an educator and Community Board 12 member, briefly ran against Seabrook in 2009 before ending her campaign and working for his reelection. She later became Seabrook's public schools liaison and received earmarked funds from him for an afterschool program.
Johnson, another Community Board 12 member, has raised $9,440 in private campaign contributions, while Simmons-Oliver, an economic policy analyst for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-South Bronx), has raised $9.880.
The early favorite is repeat candidate King (pictured above via flickr), who ran second to Seabrook in the 2009 primary, garnering 32% of the vote. The Olinville-based youth advocate and former 1199 SEIU organizer has benefitted from close ties to the healthcare workers union and other labor interests.
Nwachukwu has raised just $1,482, including several donations to his own campaign. Welch has raised zero dollars.
In 2009, a crowded field helped Seabrook win reelection victory despite corruption allegations. It could also benefit King.
The Nov. 6 election will be non-partisan in nature, but most District 12 voters are Democrats. District 12 includes a large West Indies immigrant population.