Que English received two major endorsements for her candidacy for State Senatorial seat in the 36th District, Sunday. The first was the Lohud Editorial Board, who endorsed English, 52, of the Bronx, a community activist and faith leader.
“We hope this strong slate of candidates will inspire the district’s Democrats to vote in the upcoming primary. We endorse Que English as the best choice.”
The Lohud Editorial Board met with the Democratic candidates for the state Senate District 36 on Tuesday, August 30th, two days after the State Senatorial debate on People Before Politics Radio.
The Journal News/lohud Editorial Board, said “English impressed us with her energy, a well-documented commitment to deep community networking, and a striking resume of achievements in key areas. She pledged to be a “people-tician” — a politician focused on her constituents — a lofty and, some might say starry-eyed, goal. But we believe that English has the pragmatic zeal to pull it off, based on her record of building coalitions to take on major issues from policing to development.”
Que English also received a major endorsement from New York’s largest Black Law Enforcement Organization, The Grand Council of Guardians, Monday.
Grand Council Chairman Charles Billups, told BW, that his group decided to support English because of her history of working with youth, ex-offenders, and her economic development efforts with grass root organizations.
“We need a fighter in Albany that understands the root causes of crime and violence,” said Billups, whose group has seven thousand members in police, corrections and the courts. “Policing is not just policing through the law. It has to be economic development, education and having jobs.”
There are Five Democrats vying in the Sept. 13 primary election to represent Mount Vernon and the NorthEast Bronx in the state senate. The candidates include the Rev. Edward Mulraine of Mount Vernon, pastor of the city’s Unity Baptist Tabernacle; Pamela Hamilton-Johnson, a former school board president in the Bronx; Jamaal Bailey, an aide to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronxite; and Dr. Alvin Ponder, a politically active physician from the Bronx.
The winner of the 36th Senate District primary in the overwhelmingly Democratic district will likely fill the seat left vacant by former Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who in July resigned from her post to work for Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a special adviser for policy and community affairs of state Homes and Community Renewal.
The 36th Senate District has 123,000 enrolled Democrats and 6,500 enrolled Republicans. State senators are paid an annual base salary of $79,500.
“We believe that the Rev. Que English, a well-known Bronx pastor and community activist, is best-suited to represent the 36th District in the state Senate,” Lohud reported.