Brooklyn Councilwoman Inez Barron Vying For Speaker Spot

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Brooklyn Metropolis Councilwoman Inez Barron says she’s mounting a final minute bid for Council Speaker — and can stay within the operating by means of an official vote set for subsequent week.

The longshot transfer comes after Democratic leaders threw their assist behind Councilman Corey Johnson, giving him sufficient votes to prevail.

However the selection of Johnson, who’s white, additionally sparked a backlash from some teams who needed to see a black or Hispanic candidate chosen for the highly effective put up.

“We’ve got by no means had a black speaker,” mentioned Barron, one of many Council’s most liberal members. “I consider that now’s a time for us to have the ability to have black illustration.”

Two different candidates, Robert Cornegy and Jumaane Williams, who’re each black and from Brooklyn, have remained within the race. The remainder of the sector, which numbered eight candidates, has lined up behind Johnson.

Barron mentioned she didn’t throw her hat within the ring initially as a result of she was keen to assist one of many different black candidates. However she was not satisfied both of the remaining two candidates would keep within the operating till the votes are counted, slightly than accepting a strong committee put up and bowing out.

“I’m dedicated to not use this run for speaker as leverage to get another place, however to in reality go all the best way,” she mentioned.

Whereas not but assured of any votes apart from her personal, Barron mentioned she’s courting her colleagues for assist.

“We’re urging folks to not be ruled or intimidated or threatened by the same old forces,” she mentioned. “We’re urging folks to not be whipped into line by the specter of punishment.”

 
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