With Assemblyman William Boyland on trial for his latest string of corruption charges, candidates are moving once again to unseat the embattled Brooklyn pol.
Lamont Carolina, a former field organizer and voting registration director on both Obama presidential campaigns, is the latest candidate to move to challenge the thrice-indicted Boyland. While Mr. Carolina has not made his run official, he said he is likely to jump into the field soon.
“I believe folks who live in the 55th Assembly District deserve a better neighborhood to live, work, and play,” Mr. Carolina told Politicker. “Proper representation is not a luxury.”
Mr. Carolina has already created a campaign committee and is currently fund-raising for his probable bid. If he pulls the trigger, he will join community activist Lori Boozer and possibly Ineisha Williford, a staffer for Councilwoman Darlene Mealey, in the race for the Brownsville-based seat.
But toppling Mr. Boyland might not be easy, even if he is reeling from corruption charges. Mr. Boyland hails from a local political dynasty and enjoys superior name recognition in the district. Two years ago, while under indictment, Mr. Boyland fended off six challengers to easily win re-election with a plurality. Neither Mr. Carolina, Ms. Boozer or Ms. Williford ran in that race.
Mr. Carolina stressed the importance of a strong get-out-the-vote operation in order to prevail.
“The importance here is to put down a really good ground game,” he said. “It’s about really doing work, running a solid campaign to win.”
Mr. Boyland did not immediately return a request for comment.