Several candidates who had planned to compete for the 28th District City Council seat formerly held by the late Tom White Jr. have dropped out of the race, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Board.
Vishnu Mahadeo, the president of the Richmond Hill Business Improvement District; Hettie Powell, an attorney from Forest Hills; Leroy Gadsden, president of the Jamaica chapter of the NAACP; and Lynn Nunes, a real estate broker from Richmond Hill as well as his sister Elaine Nunes have all terminated their campaigns.
Lynn Nunes was among the most likely candidates, since he came within just four votes of beating White during last year’s Democratic primary. He suffered a crushing defeat to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) during this year’s race, garnering only 3,500 votes to Huntley’s 9,535. Given the outcome, many suspected Nunes would jump from that race to a council campaign, although he dodged questions about his intentions for weeks.
Victor Babb, Albert Baldeo, Charles Bilal, Martha Butler, Allan Jennings, Joseph Marthone, Nicole Paultre Bell, Harpreet Toor and Ruben Wills are all still in the race.
The special election will take place on Nov. 2 and the newly elected council member will serve until Dec. 31, 2011. A second election to fill the remainder of the term will be held on Election Day in November 2011.
— AnnMarie Costella