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Malcolm Clark Announces His Candidacy For Mt. Vernon City Council

Malcolm Clark at a My Brother's Keeper Initiative meeting at the Mount Vernon Public Library [photo contributed by Malcolm Clark]

Malcolm Clark at the Memorial Day Parade 2016 in Hartley Park [photo contributed by Malcolm Clark]

Mount Vernon — Malcolm Clark officially announced, Tuesday morning via Facebook, that he is running for Mount Vernon City Council. He told BW in early 2015 that he was considering running in 2017, when he served as a writer/ columnist for Black Westchester Magazine, covering various topics from a millennial perspective.

“I am running for City Council because we cannot continue to kick the can down the road in hopes of a better tomorrow,” Clark tells Black Westchester. “I am apart of an entire generation that has suffered because of that philosophy and enough is enough.”

“We have reached a point where an infusion of innovative ideas and new energy is required to push Mount Vernon in the right direction,” Clark shares with BW. “We can no longer be exclusive players in an inclusive economy. A rising tide raises all ships and Mount Vernon is on the rise. We can not afford to throw away this shot at making Mount Vernon a destination for families once again. Mount Vernon is a community that I love, cherish and will fight for with all my energy to make better again. The time is now.”

About Malcolm Clark: Malcolm Clark is a Mount Vernon native with strong bonds to his community. Raised in Levister Towers, he is a product of the Mount Vernon school system, having graduated from Milestone, Traphagen, Franko Middle School and Mount Vernon High School. In his senior year, Malcolm started his career working in Westchester County government for County Legislator Lyndon Williams. He soon went on to land a role working for the South Bronx Economic Development Corporation (SoBro), putting together presentations on the economic revival of the 149th Street & 3rd Avenue corridor.

After graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2013, Malcolm joined former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker at the Volcker Alliance and helped publish papers on government budgeting and reform. Continuing to build on his experience, Malcolm began working in the Department of Finance for Mount Vernon Comptroller, Maureen Walker. Under her tutelage, he gained insight on the complex financial obligations that the city of Mount Vernon was undergoing.

In 2016, Malcolm joined Mayor Richard Thomas’ Administration where he led several key initiatives such as writing policy positions on juvenile justice and housing, to recreational activities like “Slide the City” and the “Fireworks Spectacular”. Malcolm has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning. In his free time, Malcolm volunteers in clean up initiatives around his hometown help organize pop-up block parties for the youth and continues to work on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

Look for Malcolm to appear on an upcoming episode of the People Before Politics Radio Show in July.

Petition process starts Tuesday, each candidate must get at least 1000 signatures to make the ballot. The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, September 12th.


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