Khaleel Anderson comes out on top 1

Anderson came out with the most votes in the Assembly District 31 race after the absentee count.

By the end of the absentee vote count on Tuesday at Queens Borough Hall, Khaleel Anderson had secured his place at the top of the heap in the 31st Assembly District.

Anderson, a Far Rockaway activist, ended up with 3,527 votes in the six-candidate Democratic primary race, above District Leader Richard David, who had 2,738.

Anderson’s apparent win in the district, which stretches over Ozone Park, Rosedale and parts of the eastern Rockaways, would make him the state’s youngest assemblymember at 24 years old. The next step is for the Board of Elections to certify the results. The general election is Nov. 3.

He ran on a progressive platform calling for universal healthcare, a just-cause eviction law and the need to engage young people in the district. To help with his campaign, Anderson enlisted two black Guyanese women from Rosedale and Far Rockaway, respectively, as his co-chairs.

Four other candidates came in behind the two frontrunners in the race to replace ex-Assemblywoman Michele Titus, who vacated her seat in January after being elected to serve as a Civil Court judge.

According to preliminary absentee data in Queens, courtesy of a breakdown from the New Reformers, Assembly District 31 had the highest ballot rejection rate of any in Queens with 36.35 percent of ballots getting thrown out.


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WOW!! I knew Khaleel when he was a young student at P.S. 43 in the heart of Far Rockaway. As mischievous as many of the other kids were, Khaleel was always a respectful kid. And this was around 2007-2008 or so when Far Rar Rockaway was considered one of the 10 most dangerous communities in the U.S.! I was the security officer there. In fact a couple of students I knew from Far Rockaway high school were killed that same year. There were a few kids I had be stern with at 43 but Khaleel wasn't one of them. He was the same way he is now. Very well mannered and didn't talk like someone off the street.

About a month ago I was on duty at another school in the Rockaways and he came up to me and said hi. I had no idea who he was until he told me. (And that's why it doesn't pay to be mean to kids when they're small because they remember when they become adults).

However I am very glad and extremely proud to see Khaleel grow up to be very nice and mature young man and have a positive vision and attitude! Especially coming from an area where the success rate for Black people is extremely low. An area that is ravaged with violence, street crime, heavy drug abuse along with a high number of children who do not graduate high school. And the ones who do barely get by. You could say that Far Rockaway is an area completely forgotten about by the rest of the world. Many kids and even adults with positive attitudes and visions get sucked in and pulled back into the negative and seemingly uncaring atmosphere of Far Rockaway. That is why I hope Khaleel can really go as far as he can not just in politics, but in life and I wish him all the luck in the world!

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