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Olanike Alabi Makes Bid for Hakeem Jeffries' Assembly Seat

Democratic State Committeewoman says she will focus on education, housing and healthcare.

Two days after , district leader Olanike Alabi threw her hat into the ring to take his place.

“I have always been one who believed that politics is a vehicle to make a difference in the lives of people,” she said this morning. “That’s why I’m running.”

Alabi is running in the 57th District, which includes Prospect Heights and parts of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights. 

The seat is open, because in New York State, politicians are not allowed to run for two offices at once.

A Democratic State Committeewoman/District Leader for the 57th District since 2006, Alabi works as an administrative aide at 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

The Clinton Hill resident has a degree in history from Temple University and also took graduate courses in history at the University of London. In addition, she has certificate from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations.

Alabi grew up in Clinton Hill and attended P.S. 20, Satellite West Middle School and Midwood High School.

If elected, Alabi said she would make healthcare, education and housing her primary focus.

As for why she’s running now, Alabi said constituents had been pushing her to run, and Jeffries' announcement cleared the path.

“I took the opportunity to seize the moment,” she said. 

Joe Gonzalez January 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Okay Ola, so you want to step up to higher office and you state your concern about education matters among other issues. Now is the time to state where you stand on the issue of charter schools and co-location of same into buildings already housing public schools. And what is your position on the current topic of Community Roots Charter School (CRCS) expanding into P.S. 287 and the co-location mess over at P.S. 20.
ilkunta September 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM
i clicked on this article thinking it was the author Walter Mosley( Easy Rawlins series, Leonid mcGill series). Did this man have to make a distinction in his campaign ads in NY? Both this man and the author Walter Mosley live in NY.

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