Vote 2017: 41st District City Council seat

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News 12 is bringing Brooklyn voters a look at the different races in the upcoming primary elections, and the race for the borough's 41st District City Council seat is packed full of candidates.

The district includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East Flatbush and Crown Heights. Councilwoman Darlene Mealy is term-limited, and there are nine Democratic candidates vying to get on the ballot for the chance to win her seat.

Candidate Alicka Ampry-Samuel touts her record of demanding the best for families. She wants to increase access to health care for seniors, people with disabilities, and working Brooklyn residents. To tackle quality of life issues, she wants to create vocational programs and job opportunities and improve living conditions at NYCHA buildings.

Business is a priority for Ampry-Samuel, who is vowing to support local, small business and homegrown entrepreneurs.

Royston Antoine is another candidate in the race. In a campaign video, he says he wants to reach out to the borough's youth by adding more summer jobs for young people and reform the juvenile justice system.

On affordable housing, his focus is to make sure longtime residents are not priced out. And on quality of life issues, Antoine wants to lead the fight for seniors, create jobs and increase community policing.

Henry l. Butler is currently the district manager of Community Board 3. He wants to work with nonprofit developers to ensure truly affordable housing for Brooklyn residents. On jobs, and he has a three-point plan which includes improving existing workforce development programs, supporting small business, and creating strong public-private partnerships.

On education, Butler says it's all about decreasing class sizes, and he feels learning shouldn't stop after the bell. He also wants to expand vocational opportunities.

Leopold Cox is a third-year evening law student and is also a municipal worker, so he says he knows how the city operates. He feels people in District 41 need more real affordable housing because they are being priced out of their neighborhoods.

Cox is also pushing for better schools with reduced class sizes. And another priority is jobs -- he wants to create jobs programs that aim to provide living wage jobs and apprenticeships in all fields.

Also running is Victor Jordan, who previously ran for a state Assembly seat in the 42nd District. On housing, he calls it a crisis and wants the government to treat it as any other crisis. Education is another big focus. He says schools in low-income neighborhoods are underfunded, which can lead to crime and the deterioration in the quality of life.

Jordan says he also wants to modernize the justice system into one that treats everyone as human beings.

Moreen King is running as an agent for change in Brooklyn. Her campaign video on YouTube says she wants to strengthen and ensure equal access to quality early childhood education. When it comes to young people, she wants to ensure that the community has the resources to aid in job creation and financial literacy.

Health care is another priority for King, who wants to make it affordable and accessible for everyone.

Deidre Olivera, a community activist, is also in the running for the Democratic nomination. According to a campaign video, she wants to economically invest in neighborhoods to try to bring business into the area. Aiming to fix quality of life issues, she says she supports rent regulation laws to keep Brooklyn residents in their homes.

And safety is also a priority for Olivera, who says she wants to provide security cameras for NYCHA families.

Cory Provost is the current district leader of the 58th Assembly district. When it comes to education, he believes every child from pre-K through high school should have a clear path to success. Provost wants to reform the public school system and include charter schools, but wants to stop co-locating them in the same building as existing schools, which he feels is counter-productive.

On public safety, Provots says he supports community policing, as well as an alternative sentencing model that would do away with jail time for first-time, non-violent offenders. He's also on board with bail reform and the closing of Rikers Island.

David R. Miller is another name on the Democratic primary ballot. News 12's attempts to contact Miller to discuss his policy positions were unsuccessful.

The primary election is on Sept. 12.

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