The list of candidates running for the District 22 seat occupied by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is getting longer.
Last week Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas, Community Board 1 member and small business owner, filed paperwork with the New York City Campaign Finance Board and started collecting signatures to get on the September Democratic primary ballot.
“I believe I have the right balance of private and public sector experience to continue that progress and look forward to engaging and serving the community in the City Council,” Prentzas said.
Five other candidates have registered with the board: Costa Constantinides, deputy chief of staff to City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows); Danielle De Stefano, a volleyball coach at Monsignor McClancy High School and avid volunteer; Gerald Kann, a writer and teacher; Daniel Peterson, an administrator at a commercial real estate firm; and Lynn Serpe, an environmental consultant for various organizations including the Queens Library.
John Ciafone, a lawyer, does not appear on the Campaign Finance Board’s candidate list, but confirmed he filed late and still intends to run.
“The more candidates the better,” said Ciafone, who will join Prentzas and Constantinides, who was endorsed by the party, in the Democratic primary. De Stefano registered as an Independent; Kann and Serpe with the Green Party and Peterson, former New York Young Republican club president, with the Republican Party.
Democrat Tony Meloni dropped out of the race in mid-May.
Democratic candidates have until July 11 to collect 450 signatures from registered voters in the district to run in the primary.
Vallone will run in the Democratic primary for Queens borough president against former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans).