To those in the community, she is known simply as CW, but activist Christina Winslow is now seeking a different title, that of city councilwoman for the 31st District, a seat occupied by Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).
A single mother of four, Winslow, 43, has never run for political office before, but after being encouraged by community members to do so, she decided to go for it.
“People believe in what I’ve done,” Winslow said. “They know my heart is in it and that I’m a sincere person, so they believe I can do it.”
Winslow, of South Jamaica, is the founder and CEO of A Cause, A Concern, A Solution Network, a nonprofit organization that provides services to families and children in need. She is certified by the National Association of Forensic Counselors, according to her website. Winslow has been a member of the Sutphin Boulevard Civic Association, a foster parent with Little Flower for eight years and vice president of the Foch Boulevard Library Association.
She has come a long way, surviving a battle with substance abuse and spending a 30-day stint in jail for prostitution when she was 16. Winslow hopes her success in overcoming the obstacles in her life will serve as an inspiration to others, particularly youth.
“I want to encourage people,” Winslow said. “I was able to change my life with God’s help, and others can do it too.”
Although she didn’t want to speak ill of the incumbent, Wills, she did say she thought his predecessor, Tom White Jr., was a more effective lawmaker, and she hopes to implement some of his methods to bring much needed resources to the community.
“I just pray that people have the confidence to make me their leader,” Winslow said. “I want to be a voice for them.”