The race for City Council District 28 is widening with a diverse range of candidates including Hettie Powell, a longtime lawyer hoping to get her chance in politics.
“Our community matters,” she said. “In these tough times, who you choose to represent you in the City Council matters.”
Powell, running on the Democratic ticket, is up against incumbent Ruben Wills, Beresford Simmons, civic leader Breina Payne, accountant Joseph Marthone, minister David Kayode and community advocate Christina Winslow.
For District 28, which encompasses the Richmond Hill and Jamaica sections of the borough, Powell is focusing on economic development, stability for seniors, youth services, education and community libraries.
“I share [the constituents’] vision for a meaningful educational experience for our youth and for fully funded services for our seniors, for a vibrant economy that provides jobs for those [who] need them and for a place where all can enjoy peace and prosperity,” she said.
Among her plans, Powell would like to establish homeowners’ assistance as well as foreclosure assistance programs, improve senior centers’ programs, create safe street programs, stop police brutality and create anti-gang initiatives. Additionally, she hopes to reduce school class sizes, fund art and sports programs, create industry and educational partnerships for students, restore school libraries and more.
Powell emphasized she believes in the southeast community.
“Elections matter. Our community matters,” she said. “Together, I believe we can create a better tomorrow.”