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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Thu Mar 27, 2014.

A Navy veteran from Laurelton is the latest candidate to challenge state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in his reelection bid in the 14th Senate District.

Bernadette Semple has filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections that allows her to conduct fundraising.

Semple could not be reached by phone for comment. She is the third candidate to enter the race against Smith.

The embattled senator is facing trial this spring on federal corruption charges stemming from allegations that he tried to bribe his way onto last year’s Republican ballot for mayor.

Other candidates are Munir Avery, an attorney from Queens Village who works for Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing); and Clyde Vanel of Cambria Heights, also a lawyer, who finished second last year in a City Council primary against Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St, Albans).

Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, formerly a popular three-term councilman, is thought to be favored by Queens County Democratic leaders. He has repeatedly declined comment.

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  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 8:00 pm on Mon, Mar 24, 2014.

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    Corrupt, crooked and useless local Jamaica politician Senator Malcolm Smith, should just stop being a total jackass and drop out of the race. WE DON’T WANT YOU.

    In another media outlet, Semple said, “This district needs a fresh start, “ You have some people who are greedy and selfish (READ: Smith, Huntley, Wills, Comrie, Cook),” Semple said, without naming names. “They only want to help their friends and certain interest groups.” “I’ve been part of this community for more than 40 years. I want to do more than just talk about fixing something.”

    Man oh Man, or should I say Woman oh Woman, does this community need fixed. Our current and past elected leaders have done so very little to improve the quality of life in the community of Jamaica, the only time they do anything is if it benefits them or their friends. Not one of them has stood up and and spoken out about the major garbage problem that has plagued Jamaica for years, let alone address it or come up with a viable action plan.

    So now is the time for a fresh and big change in our community’s political climate that is filled with hacks, corrupt individuals, do nothings, lazy, useless leaders and that includes Leroy Comrie, who for twelve years did little to improve the quality of life in Jamaica. AND NO, we do not want you throwing your ass into the ring. Just stick with Melinda Katz on Queens Blvd and continue doing what you do best, which I am still not sure of what that is.

    Maybe, just maybe, Bernadette Semple, can help turn the tide around in this Jamaica climate of useless, do-nothing, Jamaica politicians.

    Keep your eye on Semple! I certainly will. Now is the time for BIG CHANGE in Jamaica once and for all.