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September 11, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 7
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12th Council District candidates take the stage in Co-op City

Bronx Times-Reporter

On Thursday, September 10, 12th Council District incumbent Larry Seabrook took the same stage as opponents Andy King and Jerome Rice for the first time in the Democratic primary campaign.

Seabrook was out of town in August and missed a Bronx Times / BRONXNET debate, but showed up on Thursday to a candidate forum hosted by the Harriet Tubman Democratic Club in Co-op City.

There was no debate; Rice answered questions first, then Seabrook and King. Nonetheless, club president Algernon Quattlebaum, a former 12th Council District candidate, labeled the forum a success. Some 35 people attended.

“We got to see all three candidates,” Quattlebaum said.

The candidates answered earnestly and listened courteously; there were no outbursts a la Congressman Joe Wilson, Quattlebaum said. The forum touched on healthcare and economic issues.

Although Quattlebaum was an outspoken Seabrook critic prior to being knocked off the ballot in August, the Co-op City resident announced that his club has endorsed the incumbent. When asked to state his personal preference, Quattlebaum pled neutrality.

“Harriet Tubman members feel that we need someone with experience,” he said. “We’re experiencing an economic crisis. Seabrook has 25-plus years in government. He knows the ins and outs of City Hall. He has brought $51 million to the district. We need someone who knows how to work with the mayor and speak out against the mayor.”

Seabrook, King and Rice delivered similar answers on healthcare and small business – “diplomatic” answers, Quattlebaum said.

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