Richard David announced his candidacy for NYC Council District 28 on Valentine’s Day. The seat is currently held by Council Member Ruben Wills.
David is the former Vice President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. He also was the Executive Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and a member of Community Board 9.
Davis is a resident of Richmond Hills and deeply rooted in that area of the District. Richmond Hills is the area of the District where Sikh temples exists alongside Mosques. The stretch of Liberty Avenue in the district is known to many as “Little Guyana” due to its large population of Indo-Caribbean residents.
David is the co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance which does outreach and community events in South Queens.
Despite his deep roots in Richmond Hills, he is no stranger to the other areas of the District which in lude Rochdale Village, South Ozone Park and South Jamaica. He is in attendance at area civic meetings, vigils and town halls. David is well known by area civic leaders and elected officials.
David is the first candidate to officially declare his intentions for the seat. Hettie Powell, an attorney from Rochdale Village, has expressed interest in running, has made a filing for the seat but has made no formal announcement. Adrienne Adams, Community Board 12 Chairperson, is rumored to be entering the race. She most recently unsuccessfully ran for NYS Senator District 10 against Senator James Sanders Jr.
“Local government has been virtually absent in my district for several years now. Our residents have been locked out of vital decisions, we do not have a respected voice fighting to bring more resources into the community and our quality of life has decreased,” said Richard David in a statement announcing his candidacy.
Wills is currently on trial for falsifying business records and third degree grand larceny charges. As a result of his indictments, Council Member Wills was stripped of his ability to designate grants to community groups in 2014. Council Member Wills spent the most part of last year on sick leave from the Council for an undisclosed illness.
As published in the March 2017 issue of Communities of Color News.