A Republican Jewish African-American is exploring a challenge to Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s 9th Congressional District Seat.
Jaime Sanders, 28, the son of a Trinidadian Jewish-convert mother and Jewish father, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He graduated high school from Brooklyn College Academy, and college from SUNY Empire State College where he majored in computer science.
Sanders is also an entrepreneur having founded his own small business Zion Zaibatsu Corporation while still in college, and most recently, the non-profit Millennial Voice Project to address the concerns of all millennials.
While Sanders said advocating for millenials would be part of his platform, he said if he runs he will not be a single candidate issue.
As a pro-choice advocate for education, Sanders wants to strengthen parental rights in choosing where to send their children to school. This is especially important to him as a Jewish African-American, as he is especially in tune with the concerns of both of these communities.
Furthermore, Sanders said he will advocate for small businesses in the district and how government policies affect them.
Sanders recognizes running against Clarke is an uphill battle in a highly Democratic district, but feels it’s important that voters get the chance for an alternative to the status quo.