Brooklyn district leader eyes open Assembly seat
by Andrew Pavia
Aug 22, 2012 | 2870 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries's seat is opening up as he heads to Congress, and District Leader Walter Mosley is looking for a promotion.

Mosley, a resident of Clinton Hill, is gunning to replace Jeffries in the Assembly.

Jeffries has formally endorsed Mosely as his replacement. What impresses Jeffries is that Mosley, “has a sharp mind.” The Congressman elect also said that he commends Mosely because,

“He has made the decision to use that sharp mind on behalf of people, working families, seniors, middle-class folks, and young people who are struggling,” said Jeffries in endorsing Mosley as his successor.

The former Assemblyman isn't the only high-profile individual in Brooklyn politics that has thrown their weight behind Mosley. Councilwoman Letitia James, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Borough President Marty Markowitz have publicly endorsed Mosley in the Assembly race.

“Walter has the energy that it takes to tackle big problems in Albany,” Markowitz said in endorsing him. “He is a smart and passionate public servant who understands that coalition building is key to getting things done in a borough as diverse as Brooklyn.”

Mosley is facing two opponents in a Democratic Primary, Ola Alabi and Martine Guerrier. Alabi is currently Mosley's fellow district leader and Guerrier works for the Department of Education.

When asked what separates him from opponents he said, “my track record.”

“I'm a coalition builder working with many elected officials,” he said. “I think one advantage is that these are relationships I've earned through initiatives and campaigns.”

In an interview with the Star, Mosley said that, “public service is a part of my entire life.”

He discussed how important politics had been to his grandparents, and how growing up in central Brooklyn and being raised in the district has given him a hand on the pulse of the neighborhood. If elected, his main focus for the district would be to create jobs, increase choices in schools, and develop more transparency with regard to affordable housing.

Political backing and experience in the district isn't the only thing that Mosley has going for his campaign. With a staff of roughly 50 dedicated individuals, Mosley has a base that has been working to get the word out.

Through mail and door-to-door campaigning, the campaign has reached out to over 12,000 constituents of the 57th District.

“We have some issues to deal with,” Mosley said. “And not just to deal with but to resolve, to solve. I'm not just here to shine a spotlight on these concerns. We're here to ieradicate them and do away with them.”
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