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On March 29, four candidates vying for the seat representing New York City Council District 46 in Brooklyn, stood in solidarity outside of the Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Democratic Club and held a joint press conference. The candidates wanted to express their discontent with recent petition objections that were filed at the NYC Board of Elections by members of the club.
Candidates, Dimple Willabus, Mercedes Narcisse, Shirley Paul, and Donald Cranston, aired their grievances outside the Club’s headquarters at 77 Conklin Ave., stating that amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NYC council candidates were still required to collect 30 percent of the usual 900 signatures needed to gain ballot access for the Democratic primaries to be held on June 22, 2021.
They said that these interactions with voters over the course of the past couple weeks increased the possibilities for many volunteers, staffers, and even candidates to contract COVID-19 while meeting the mandatory signature, quota set by the state board of elections. The candidates stated that they abided by the requirements and each secured more than one thousand signatures for their respective campaigns, which were subsequently filed with the NYC Board of Elections, days prior to the March 25 deadline.
Nonetheless, associates of the long-time political club filed general objections against the named candidates herein, utilizing access to pro bono election lawyers,