Mount Vernon – The race for Mayor of Mount Vernon just got even more crowded. In our effort to announce all the candidates in the 2019 Mayoral race, we reached out to all the potential candidates. Tuesday afternoon just hours before the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee Conference, Former Mayor Ernest D. Davis confirmed he is in fact running.
“Yes I have decided to run ..” the four-term former mayor tells Black Westchester in a text. “The dire conditions that’s the Thomas administration has left the city with deficits .. lawsuits.. mismanagement that would make the angels cry… it will take one who understand the lay of the land.”
Davis, still referred to some as the ‘People’s Mayor,’ served four terms as mayor over a 20 year period. Serving three terms before being unseated by Clinton Young and then regaining his seat for a fourth term before being unseating again by current Mayor Richard W. Thomas.
Ernie will face off with his successor Mayor Richard W. Thomas, Council President Andre Wallace, Councilwoman Delia Farquharson, jail attendant Carlo Jean-Baptiste, Sr., and former Mount Vernon Planning Commissioner Shawyn Patterson-Howard who announce on the eve of the convention in the upcoming Democratic Primary, Tuesday, June 25th.
Others rumored to be running for Mayor of Mount Vernon include two-time congressional candidate Derickson Lawrence and the former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner and 2017 City Council Candidate Clyde Isley, who informed Black Westchester he is only running if nominated by the party at the convention. None of the other potential candidates have confirmed or denied their candidacy when asked by Black Westchester.
The city Democratic committee is expected to endorse its candidate for mayor, at the Mount Vernon Democratic Convention, Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00PM at their headquarters located at 1 Park Avenue. Candidates will start collecting signatures, Tuesday, February 26th, to get on the ballot for the primary.