Ola Alabi Announces Council Run

Ola Alabi (Photo: Facebook)

Ola Alabi (Photo: Facebook)

It was a long time coming, but former district leader and assembly candidate Ola Alabi officially threw her hat into the ring for outgoing Councilwoman Tish James’ Fort Greene-based district.

“I’m pleased to inform you that after careful thought and consideration, it’s official – I am a candidate for the New York City Council – 35th District,” Ms. Alabi wrote in an email, which you can view in full below, earlier today.“I want to continue to advocate for and improve the quality of life in our community and ensure PROGRESS for ALL by electing Leadership with a Proven Track Record and that you Can Trust.”

Ms. Alabi, whose entry into the race is not a surprise as she’s been fund-raising for months, joins a crowded race that includes local museum head Laurie Cumbo, activist Jelani Mashariki and Ede Fox, the former chief of staff to Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Thus far, Ms. Cumbo has scooped up the biggest labor endorsements, such as the Working Families Party, Hotel Trades Council and–just today–the United Federation of Teachers. For her part, Ms. Alabi has grabbed a couple unions herself.

Ms. James, who is not term-limited, is vacating her seat to campaign citywide for public advocate.

View Ms. Alabi’s full email below:

I’m pleased to inform you that after careful thought and consideration, it’s official – I am a candidate for the New York City Council – 35th District. Over the past several months, I’ve spent my time listening to the needs, concerns and challenges of so many in our community. My campaign is about ideas and issues that are important to all of us. The next City Council must be strong on education, affordable housing, seniors, healthcare, the environment, transportation, small businesses, and economic and social justice.

That’s why I’m running. As a life-long resident of the 35th Council District who is dedicated to public service, I want to continue to advocate for and improve the quality of life in our community and ensure PROGRESS for ALL by electing Leadership with a Proven Track Record and that you Can Trust. There are many in our community in search of good schools, an affordable and safe place to live, employment that will provide a living wage, access to a quality healthcare and transportation system, infrastructure investment and so much more.

Thus far, my campaign has already been endorsed by several unions, clergy and community leaders and there’s more to come! While I’m proud of my support, for me – it’s not necessarily about endorsements, but rather winning over the hearts and minds of those I wish to serve. In the weeks to come, you will hear more about the campaign. Please join me as I take this next leap of faith!