On Monday, September 14, in a rare show of solidarity, and possibly enmity for incumbent Larry Seabrook, 12th Council District candidates Jerome Rice, Sebastian Ulanga and Martin Badonsky endorsed Andy King.
Rice, a Democratic candidate and retired Department of Corrections captain, has been Seabrook’s most outspoken critic. Ulanga, a parent advocate who ended his campaign in August but remains on the ballot, endorsed King weeks ago. Badonsky is a Republican.
The three Co-op City residents joined King for a press conference on Dreiser Loop. Primary Day is Tuesday, September 15.
“We need change in the 12th Council District,” Ulanga said. “Andy King is the name for change.”
King has raised $34,566 and $79,730 in matching funds. Rice has raised $18,084. Ulanga raised $6,525. The New York Campaign Finance Board has no record for Badonsky.
“The candidates are united for change,” King said. “We need new leadership.”
Months ago, some 14 candidates were set to challenge Seabrook, who has represented the north Bronx as an asseblyman and state senator. Only two camps remain. Rice and Ulanga opted to endorse King rather than split the anti-Seabrook vote.
“I identify with Andy,” Ulanga said. “He and I want to bring people of different ethnic backgrounds and religions together.”
Seabrook started strong but has neglected his constituents lately, Ulanga said. King promised to be accessible. The office is about more than funds distributed, he said. King plans to address housing and employment issues.
“I want the community to take ownership of the office,” King said. “With me at the head of the table.”
Freddy Ferrer, the former borough president, has endorsed King, the candidate said.
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