The candidates vying to replace Mathieu Eugene, the longest-serving member of the City Council, face a laundry list of issues at the forefront of their would-be constituents’ minds.
A dozen candidates are currently filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board to run for Eugene’s seat, and ultimately represent the 40th district which spans Flatbush, Kensington and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The next councilmember can expect to deal with the minutiae of neighborhood issues like sanitation, district-wide issues such as building affordable housing, and citywide issues like police reform, property tax reform, and pandemic recovery.
Here’s a rundown of eight of the leading candidates in the race for Council, in alphabetical order by last name:
Money raised through contributions: $9,629
Cecilia Cortez, the vice president of the Ditmas Park West Association, said she is running to give back to the community she has called home for 27 years.