I don’t consider myself a leader,but I’m not, and nor will I ever be a politician.
I’ve been watching the series “Sense8” on Netflix. I found this piece of dialog from the character, Capheus Onyango, who operates his own bus service, very interesting. He’s being interviewed on TV after having defused a potentially dangerous situation in his community over water rights. The interviewer asks him if he thinks the problems are political. He answers: “Who am I to answer such a question? I drive a bus. If I didn’t take people where they have me to take them, I wouldn’t expect them to get back on my bus. We expect leaders to take us where we want to go. The problem seems to me when they don’t, and things don’t improve. And yet these leaders keep expecting us to get on their bus. I think this is when leaders become something else.”
On Dec. 21st, the NYS Board of Elections released the final vote count for the 2016 elections. This includes absentee and military ballots. My final total was, 2,686 votes, or 2.5% of all votes cast in the district. I was hoping for at least 2,500, so I’m pleased with the results.
This year I’ll be running for City Council District 18 in the Bronx. I hope to receive an even higher vote total. This is my real home base. It’s where I’ve lived since I was a year old; It’s where I went to school from kindergarten through high school; it’s where I’ve worked most of the jobs I’ve had, including my time as a Paraprofessional with the NYC Dept. of Education.
Yesterday, I filed with the Board of Elections and opened my campaign bank account. Next stop: filing my campaign with the NYC Campaign Finance Board.
Once again, I want to thank the nearly 2,700 voters who chose to buck the mainstream corporate-capitalist parties and vote for the hope and systemic change my campaign represented.