With exactly one week to go until the special election in the 45th Council District, candidates are collecting final endorsements and putting out policy agendas to give one final push in a very contentious race for the open seat.
Monique Chandler-Waterman and Jovia Radix today were both endorsed by 21 in ‘21, the nonpartisan initiative that aims to achieve gender parity in the New York City Council.
According to the organization, Waterman and Raddix have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their communities and both have a proven track record of advocacy for women in their district and beyond.
“21 in ‘21 is proud to offer our endorsement and support to these candidates for the 45th City Council District,” said 21 in ‘21 Executive Director Moira McDermott. “Both Monique and Jovia have spent their lives fighting for the rights of women, working families, and their community. In these two remarkable candidates, New York women will have a strong advocate willing to champion political and policy goals central to the goal of gender parity.”
The two candidates are among five women – including Xamayla Rose, Adina Sash, and Farah Louis – left in the race in a broad field of eight candidates to succeed current Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. For Chandler-Waterman this endorsement follows that of Amplify Her NYC, a New York City-wide grassroots political organization that works to amplify progressive women’s campaigns in all five boroughs.
The 21 in ‘21 membership held a candidate screening to interview each woman on community concerns such as affordable housing, education, and public safety. Members also asked candidates about the specific ways they would advance the women’s agenda in New York City.
“I am proud and honored to accept the endorsement of the dynamic women of 21 in ‘21. I look forward to being a strong partner in their mission to create more opportunities for women in government, and to adding to the City Council’s roster of female leaders in office,” said Chandler-Waterman.
“It is a great honor to have the endorsement of 21 In ‘21—a group working tirelessly to elect more women to the New York City Council. Political leaders must not only be inclusive in our policymaking, but also in the candidates we choose to support for office. In the City Council, I will work hard every day to ensure young women know that running for office is a real possibility for them, and can give them the chance to be leaders who give back to their communities,” said Radix.
In 2021, 35 of the New York City Council’s 51 seats will be vacant due to term limits. 21 in’21 aims to build the infrastructure and recruiting the candidates needed to accomplish the mission of electing a minimum of 21 women to the Council in 2021.
Meanwhile, L. Rickie Tulloch, a longtime community activist, pledged to bring job training programs to the district this week.
Tulloch rolled out his proposal to improve job preparedness, starting in high school and extending into adulthood.
“As our economy changes, we need to prepare our community for new opportunities. For our students, it’s important that they know that going to college right away is not the only option – learning a trade is also incredibly valuable,” said Tulloch.
In the City Council, Tulloch will:
- Host workshops for high school students to learn about union apprenticeship programs, aimed at giving students who don’t see a four-degree in their future an opportunity at a successful career.
- Partner with community organizations and unions to host vocational trainings for adults. By partnering with community organizations and unions to host vocational trainings for adults, people will have the opportunity to learn new skills and make connections for potential new jobs.
- Increase funding for vocational programs in high schools. Specialized vocational high schools enable students to get real world experience and begin their careers. Tulloch will also look to invest additional funding in public schools so that they can increase their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) opportunities while also offering some vocational training.
“For adults, having the opportunity to learn important tech skills can help secure a better job and launch a new career path. As our community members compete for these jobs to break into the middle class, I will work to ensure they have access to the tools they need to succeed,” added Tulloch.