Mount Vernon – Former Mount Vernon Deputy Clerk Lauren Carter stopped by the Black Westchester Power Hour Radio Show, Monday, December 7, 2020 to talk about why she decide to run for one of the three City Council seats in the 2021 Democratic Primary.
In our exclusive interview with Ms. Carter, in addition to discussing her candidacy, we discussed her career in City Hall, highly publicized firing from the City Clerk’s office, why she feels she has the experience needed to move Mount Vernon forward, the possibility of working with City Council members who voted to terminate her employment, the need for police reform and a Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) in Mount Vernon and much more. (check out the show show – commercials included – below)
Ms. Carter officially launched her campaign for Mount Vernon City Council, Thursday, November 19th on the steps of City Hall. She enters what has the potential to be a crowded field of candidates for three council seats currently held by Councilmembers Marcus Griffith, Delia Farquharson and Janice Duarte. Councilman Farquharson announced her run for re-election on Facebook, while others whose names are being thrown around have yet to make it official. Former Council President and Mayor after Richard Thomas was removed, Andre Wallace announced he intends to run again in a recent lohud article on Ms. Carter entering the council race.
The incumbent with the most experience, Councilman Marcus Griffith, is passing up a run for a third term in order to run for city comptroller instead, lohud reported. Councilwoman Janice Duarte would not say whether she has decided to run for a second term, but said that she would not focus on the race until next year. Our sources tell us she does intend to run but again she has not officially announced her decision.
Black Westchester is in the process of contacted those rumored to be running, we have already confirmed Brother Arthur Muhammad and School Board Trustee Jeff Redd will not be among the candidates for council per our conversations with them. Stay tuned to other announcements and candidate interviews in Black Westchester as they become available,