CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 14, 2009: Caribbean American political empowerment continues to grow in New York City and tomorrow, the Democratic primary will feature several Caribbean elected incumbents defending their seats against fellow Caribbean challengers.
Nowhere is the race more heated that in the 45th Councilmatic district of Brooklyn, where St. Vincent and the Grenadines incumbent, Dr. Kendall Stewart, is up against a slew of Caribbean and Caribbean American challengers.
Going up against Stewart are Jamaican Dr. Dexter Anthony McKenzie; Guyanese national, Erlene King; Haitian-American Ernest Emmanuel; Barbadian Sam Taitt and Caribbean American Jumaane Williams.
Stewart continues to reiterate at campaign stops that he is running on his `record,` but his challengers point to the embezzlement of city funds by his former chief of staff along with his vote against term limits, as reasons why voters should choose a fresh face for the council seat.
In Brooklyn`s 40th Council District, it is another all-Caribbean showdown as incumbent Mathieu Eugene, a Haitian migrant handpicked by Congressmember Yvette Clarke and her mother to take the seat which Clarke vacated for congress, faces challengers, Jamaican Rickie Tulloch, and Trinidad-born Rock Hermon Hackshaw.
In Queens, incumbent City Councilman Leroy Comrie, of the 27th councilmatic district, who has Jamaican roots will have to face Haitian American Clyde Vanel, while in the 31th Council District, Jamaican-born Michael Duncan and Jacques Leandre are the Caribbean Americans in the battle for the seat held by James Sanders.
Meanwhile, Comptroller William Thompson, who is of Caribbean heritage, will have to battle Democrats Tony Avella and Roland Rogers before being able to face-off against Mayor Mike Bloomberg in November. So far, Thompson has received some Caribbean endorsements, including from Caribbean American Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke.