Video: Khari Edwards Throws Hat in the Ring for Borough President

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Brooklyn native Khari Edwards last week officially announced he is running for Brooklyn Borough President.

Edwards, the son of immigrant parents from Trinidad and Guyana, grew up in Crown Heights and has spent two decades crafting a career dedicated to community empowerment and political action throughout the City and State of New York. He has worked with elected officials, non-profit organizations, and city agencies, developing a deep understanding of what Brooklyn families need, and how to strengthen and connect its communities.

Most recently, Edwards served as Vice President of External Affairs at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center of the One Brooklyn Health System, where he was the first Vice President of color. He was born in Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and is a product of our public school system. Khari married his wife Jahmila Edwards in 2018 and has 3 children; Ethan 17, Niah 16, and Myles 12.

“Today is about putting the people of Brooklyn first and moving toward a new future with new leadership,” said Edwards. “Before COVID, Brooklyn faced a lack of affordability, a lack of true access to healthcare, and many of our communities were forgotten. This inequality was amplified by the pandemic. Now we are looking at the future with uncertainty with many of the same characters playing the same roles.”

Edwards is well-known, liked and respected in political circles where he has shown an excellent ability to work with people. “I am running to represent Brooklynites from Brownsville to Bay Ridge and beyond. From my stoop, to the G train platform, to the corner store, I hope you’ll take this journey with me as I fight for a better future for Brooklyn,” said Edwards.

Edwards said as borough president he would have several key priorities including addressing Brooklyn’s crises of the lack of affordable housing and homelessness. He wants to make Brooklyn the healthiest borough and lead the charge to eliminate health disparities citywide.

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