Who’s running in the primary for city council District 12?

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As New York City prepares for one of its largest election cycles in recent memory, there is one city council race that will directly impact the northeast Bronx’s District 12, which encompasses the neighborhoods of  Wakefield, Baychester, Eastchester, Olinville, Co-op City, Edenwald, and Williamsbridge There are three candidates in the June 22 primary. They are: incumbent Kevin Riley, Pamela Johnson and Shanequa Moore.

These profiles have been edited for clarity and length.

Kevin Riley

Why are you running?

I am running for re-election to continue representing the people of the 12th City council district in City Hall. I believe my motivation for running derives from the very people of this community who have had a hand in grooming me into the man I am today. Being a life long Bronxite and a native son of the 12th district, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly, and I believe I am the leader that can make the changes we need and deserve. From COVID relief to making education a priority, I believe that with the backing of our community, I am the right candidate for the job.

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