MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Voters are set to head to the polls for the Democratic Primary Tuesday to determine which of seven candidates will serve on the Mount Vernon City Council.
Incumbents Yuhanna Edwards and Roberta Apuzzo, as well as former councilperson Marcus Griffith are being challenged by newcomers Andre Bailey, Maria Caraballo, Damon Jones and Damaris Mone.
Edwards is seeking a third term on the council after being elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2009. Since moving to Mount Vernon in 1977, he has filled several positions in city government, including the 2nd deputy comptroller, director of civil defense and emergency services and was the parks and recreation commissioner.
Apuzzo is a long-time Mount Vernon resident and executive director of Community Service Associates, the largest soup kitchen in southern Westchester. She is seeking a second four-year term.
Griffith is a corporate consultant and 15-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Planning Board. He was unanimously appointed to a council seat in 2008 before an unsuccessful run at comptroller in 2009.
Bailey has limited political experience, but hopes to bring a citizen’s perspective to the city council. The state police officer has lived in Mount Vernon for several years.
Caraballo is a lifelong Mount Vernon resident and business owner. She too, has limited political experience, but has worked with several county non-profit organizations and has said that she is passionate about the city she has called home for her entire life.
Damon Jones is a 23-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections and the New York State representative for the Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. He has been a union delegate for 13 years and was a participation in the contract negotiation, welfare fund and labor management committees.
Damaris Mone has lived in Mount Vernon for nearly a decade. She has political experience, working for New York State Sen. Jose Peralta. She became a district leader while working in the senate and has since volunteered on several committees on behalf of the city.
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