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MV Mayoral Candidate Sues Reggie Lafayette And Board of Election

Councilwoman Delia Farquharson in front of Mount Vernon City Hall [screenshot from video]

Mount Vernon City Councilwoman Delia Farquharson files a lawsuit (see below) against Reginald Lafayette, the Board of Elections and others, for denying her the opportunity to run for mayor in Mount Vernon in deprivation of her first and fourteenth amendment rights. Claims she is being blocked from appearing on the ballot because of her Jamaican heritage. Council President Andre Wallace who is also running for mayor of Mount Vernon is also of Jamaican heritage.


Councilwoman Farquharson received a letter from the Westchester County Board of Elections (see below), Monday, March 25th that her name will not appear on the ballot as a candidate for Mayor of Mount Vernon in the June 25th Democratic Primary. In the letter, the BOE state they determined the petition filed on Tuesday, March 19th was ‘not filed timely.’

In a video days later, Councilwoman Farquharson addresses her petitions, the letter she received from the Board of Elections, Chairman Reginald Lafayette’s conflict of interest and what she feels is an attempt to keep her off the ballot in the June 25th Democratic Primary for Mayor of Mount Vernon.

She resubmitted 1100 plus new petitions at the required time and vowed she would continue to campaign and that she would be on the ballot.

In the lawsuit, Farquharson sites a July 25, 2015 article ‘Reggie Lafayette Controls Mt. Vernon Politics,’ where two-time candidate Maria Carballo claimed in the interview that Lafayette made both of her runs for office (once for School Board and then for City Council) difficult.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.


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