Mealy Says She Considered Run for Boyland Seat Before Backing Staffer

Councilwoman Darlene Mealy. (Photo: Twitter)

Councilwoman Darlene Mealy. (Photo: Twitter)

Councilwoman Darlene Mealy confirmed today that she considered running for the seat vacated by former Assemblyman William Boyland after his corruption convictions, but ultimately decided to support a staffer, Ineisha Williford, after she expressed interest in running herself.

“How can we nurture new leadership in the community if everyone that [does] have a base just runs for office just to run?” Ms. Mealy told the Observer when asked about the contest. “I did have interest but then when somebody from our office said they had interest in it I said, ‘Why not let the next generation be our leaders? She’s dedicated, she’s smart, she thinks outside the box.'”

Ms. Mealy also claimed that Ms. Williford would soon secure the support of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, boosting her bid for the seat.

Ms. Mealy, a co-chair of the council’s Brooklyn delegation, further insisted she was committed to serving out her four-year term in the council.

“I was just elected to my city council race and I don’t feel it’s fair to my constituency that I just jump into another,” she said. “I didn’t run for office just to have a job. I ran to do right by my district and my community.”

Mr. Boyland, a Brownsville lawmaker, was forced to resign this month after he was convicted on corruption charges. The Observer first reported that Ms. Mealy was telling confidants that she was interested in running for the seat.

Ms. Mealy and Borough President Eric Adams have since backed Ms. Williford, who will face a crowded field of candidates, including community activists Lori Boozer and Anthony Jones. A source said Ms. Williford recently met with the influential healthcare workers’ union 1199 SEIU about securing their support.