THE BALLOT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE!
WRITE HER IN, SHE WILL WIN!
Mt. Vernon – The 2019 Democratic Primary for Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon has been one of the most publicized races in the county of Westchester and has created more than it’s share of headlines and buzz on social media. One of those headlines center around Councilwoman Delia Farquharson in her attempt to make history by becoming the first woman elected Mayor of the city of Mount Vernon. But she would find the road would become a bumpy one.
Councilwoman Delia 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.’
She continued to collect signatures and would end up handing in additional signatures by the deadline and still found she would not be on the ballot. She ended up filing a lawsuit against Reginald Lafayette and the Board of Elections because she felt there was an orchestrated attempt to keep her off the ballot. Determined to exercise her rights, she will wage a write-in campaign. On Thursday, May 30th Councilwoman Farquharson released the following statement.
On June 25th, Councilwoman Delia M. Farquharson will have to be written in on the ballot during the Democratic Primary Election. We are demanding that her platform be taken seriously! Mrs. Delia Farquharson has done everything by the book and can prove that with her team they took all the necessary steps and collected more than double the 750 signatures required to be on the ballot. Councilwoman Farquharson must now run a Write-In Campaign. This is an injustice to the more than 2,400 residents who signed her petition, whom she has served and who want to see her as the next and first elected female Mayor of Mt. Vernon.
Mayoral Candidate, Councilwoman Delia M. Farquharson has served the city of Mt. Vernon in many capacities and has a tremendous amount of support. She worked as the Regional District Manager of Fujitsu Network Services managing a sector of this multi-million dollar corporation, managed more than 200 employees and she has worked in marketing for a number of years. All of these experiences perfectly prepared Councilwoman Farquharson for her career in social work as well as public service.
As a resident of the city of Mt. Vernon for more than twenty years, Councilwoman Farquharson and her husband Raymond purchased a beautiful home, raised their family, while giving back to the community they love and serve. In 2008, she was approached to run for the Mount Vernon City School Board; while she did not run at the time, she ran in 2009 and was elected to a 3-year term. In 2012, she ran again and was re-elected to a one-year term.
After serving on the school board Councilman Farquharson was voted President of a Political Action Committee (PAC) focused on electing sound candidates to the school board. She served in that capacity for two years. In 2015, she ran for the Mount Vernon City Council in a primary and was unsuccessful by a margin of fewer than 200 votes. Undeterred, Councilwoman Delia Farquharson ran again for the City Council in 2017 and succeeded. She has been active on the City Council since then. Councilwoman Farquharson knows what it means to work hard by paying it forward because she values serving to the utmost degree.
Councilwoman Delia Farquharson’s press conference will be Thursday, June 6th at 3:30 pm on the steps of City Hall where she will announce her write-in candidacy.
If Councilwoman is victorious, she would also make history as the first write-in candidate to be elected Mayor of Mount Vernon.
Stay tuned on this developing story, I’m sure there will be much more to follow before this story is done.