Black Westchester 2023 Westchester County Candidate Endorsements


We featured some of our endorsements: Omayra Andino for Tuckahoe Mayor, Darryl Taylor and Josh Gaccione For Tuckahoe Village Trustees and New Rochelle City Council Candidates Kwamain Dixon (District 3), and Shane Osinloye (District 4) on the People Before Politics Show, Episode 384 – BW Endorsement Show Part One, Sunday, October 29th. Check out part two, Monday, November 6th, at 6-8PM. As promised on the show, here is Black Westchester’s complete Westchester County Candidate Endorsement List.

Westchester County Legislator Endorsements:

Black Westchester’s support spans across Westchester County, with endorsements for County Legislator positions as follows:

  • District 1: Colin D. Smith
  • District 2: Erika Lang Pierce
  • District 4: Vedat Gashi
  • District 5: Benjamin Boykin II
  • District 6: Nancy E. Barr
  • District 7: Catherine F. Parker
  • District 8: Jewel Johnson
  • District 9: Emiljana Ulaj
  • District 10: Judah J. Holstein
  • District 11: Terry A. Clements
  • District 12: David T. Imamura
  • District 13: Tyrae Woodson-Samuels
  • District 14: David Tubiolo
  • District 15: James M. Nolan
  • District 16: Shanae V. Williams
  • District 17: Jose Alvarado

Black Westchester’s endorsement of County legislators’ positions underscores its belief in the candidates’ ability to address the distinctive challenges faced by Westchester County residents.

Supreme Court Justice 9th Judicial District Endorsements:

In a notable addition to their endorsements, Black Westchester Magazine proudly supports the following Supreme Court Judge candidates:

  • Francesca E. Connolly
  • Charley Wood
  • Rolf M. Thorsen
  • Larry J. Schwarts

City Court Judge Endorsements:

Black Westchester is endorsing candidates for the position of City Court Judge in Mount Vernon and Yonkers:

  • Mount Vernon: Tamika A. Coverdale
  • Yonkers: Arthur J. Doran III and Karen T. Beltran

Municipal Mayor, Council, and Town Clerk Endorsements:

Black Westchester support extends to candidates seeking mayoral, municipal council positions, and town clerk roles in various Westchester County locations:

New Rochelle Mayor:

  • Yadira Ramos-Herbert

New Rochelle Council:

  • District 1: Martha L. Lopez
  • District 4: Shane Osinloye
  • District 3: Kwamain L. Dixon

Yonkers Mayor:

  • Mike Spano

Yonkers City Council:

  • District 1: Deana Robinson
  • District 3: Tasha Diaz
  • District 5: Michael B. Breen

Mount Vernon City Council:

  • Derrick Thompson
  • Jaevon Boxhill

Greenburgh Town Board:

  • Gina R. Jackson
  • Beatrice Joy Harber

Tuckahoe Mayor:

  • Omayra Andino

Tuckahoe Village Trustee:

  • Darryl Taylor
  • Josh Gaccione

Pound Ridge Town Board:

  • Namasha H. Schelling

Pelham Mayor:

  • Chance W. Mullen

Tarrytown Mayor:

  • Karen Brown 

Peekskill Mayor:

  • Vivian Cyndi McKenzie

These are the Black Westchester-endorsed candidates.

Mainstream media is still talking about who won the 2020 Presidential race, who is running in 2024, and what party controls Congress. But BW wants to let you know that local elections are just as important as national elections because they decide so many things that will affect us in our daily lives. From public transit to school quality, the list can go on and on, even down to how clean the water is when you brush your teeth every day. 

Local elections are the place where many decisions that impact members of a town or community are made. Voting in local elections also means that your vote will count a lot more. With an average of one in five voters participating in local elections, decisions can really be swayed by just one vote, so every vote does truly count.

So to everyone reading this, we encourage everyone to Get Up, Get Out, and VOTE!

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.


  1. Excellent point in the article about the importance of local elections. 👍🏾✊🏿

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