Six Candidates Have RSVP’d to Speaker’s Forum

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman James Gennaro. (Photo: Facebook)

Outgoing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. (Photo: Facebook)

The race for City Council speaker is beginning to shape up.

So far, six candidates have RSVP’d to the first forum of the race: Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy Vacca and Jimmy Van Bramer, according to the good government group Citizens Union, which is co-hosting the November 20 event along with the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

According to a spokeswoman, the group invited all incumbent council members to participate in the forum. The group is still accepting RSVPs and more members are expected to reply, she said, now that the election season is winding down.

Several notable members have yet to RSVP, including Inez Dickens, who has openly discussed her candidacy, and Annabel Palma, who told Politicker this summer that she would consider her options after her re-election.

While some names come as little surprise, others–like Mr. Van Bramer and Mr. Williams–have expressed interest in the race but have done less behind-the-scenes politicking.

The speaker’s race is expected to dominate discussions at the Somos summit currently underway in Puerto Rico. According to Capital New York, the union 1199SEIU will be toasting Ms. Mark-Viverito at a reception tonight that one political insider dubbed “a big coming-out party,” but others are expecting to make a mark as well.

“We’re down here trying to meet with people, actively pursuant to campaigning,” said Mr. Van Bramer’s spokesman from Puerto Rico.

The race for speaker will be determined by the incoming council in January.