Five prospective candidates will compete in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for the 28th District seat held by City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica). They are: Clifton Stanley Diaz, Michael Duvalle, Stephen Jones, Allan Jennings and the Rev. David Kayode.
Wills won the seat in a November 2010 special election held to replace the late City Councilman Thomas White Jr. who died earlier that year from cancer. The district includes the neighborhoods of Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.
Student Ike Lee who gave the salutatory address before a packed auditorium filled with family members, faculty and his fellow graduates dressed in their blue caps and gowns interjected plenty of humor into his remarks to liven the solemn and, at times, emotional atmosphere.
“In the event that this speech blows up and crashes, the cushions over your seats double as floatation devices,” Lee said garnering plenty of laughs from the crowd.