Ruben Wills, Allan Jennings and Albert Baldeo are also interested in the seat in a neighborhood that might just have the highest percentage of home foreclosures in the country.
This week, this newspaper endorsed Ruben Wills, who has been chief of staff to State Senator Shirley Huntley, to fill the seat. Although few legislators have been able to cut a clear plan to making sure the neighborhood rebounds from the visible foreclosure dent in the community, we think he can.
But we here at Pol Position aren't a bunch of glasses-wearing policy wonks, we like the juicy stuff, and the real story behind the race might just be the key to which political faction will be prevalent in the future of the southern area of Queens,
Senator Shirley Huntley and Councilman Leroy Comrie support Wills, while Congressman Gregory Meeks is supporting Paultre-Bell. The competing political camps and factions have worked pretty hard to get their candidate the seat. Both camps have a good deal riding on the race, which Pol Position sees as a big factor in shaping the political future of South Queens.
In unrelated news in this race, one of the candidates might not be able to even cast a vote for himself on Election Day, and it just so happens that that candidate is the one we support! Yes, Wills went down to the Board of Elections last week to register to vote at his new residence, but was turned away by BOE officials.
It seems that a written notice was sent out stating that the last day to register to vote in person in the Special Election was October 23. As it turns out, that was a typo, and actually the last day to register to vote in the Special Election was October 8. Instead of accommodating Wills, BOE workers told him “our bad” and sent him on his way.
So you better get out and vote for Wills, and don't hold it against him if he isn't able to do the same.