The race for the 31st District City Council seat vacated by James Sanders Jr. is pretty crowded, with nine candidates on the ballot for the Feb. 19 special election. Sanders resigned from his council post after winning a bid for state Senate.
Those competing in the race are Donovan Richards, Sanders’ former chief of staff; Marie Adam-Ovide, the district manager of Community Board 8; Jacques Leandre, a lawyer and founder of the Rosedale Jets Football Association; Earnest Flowers, who runs a communications and marketing firm; Mike Duncan, a community activist; Selvena Brooks, a public relations specialist; Pesach Osina, community liaison for Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway); Saywalah Kesselly, executive director at the African Center for Community Empowerment in Jamaica; and former City Councilman Allan Jennings.
In order to get on the ballot, all candidates had to submit 1,350 signatures by the Jan. 15 deadline. The winner will serve out the rest of Sanders’ term, which ends on Dec. 31.