Candidates for City Council’s District 7 seat have sought the endorsements of organizations from across the city: Planned Parenthood for Kim Janey, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for Rufus Faulk.
Now, with fewer than three weeks until the Nov. 7 election, Faulk is claiming endorsements from six of the 11 other candidates who sought that District 7 seat in the September preliminary election.
Faulk boasts endorsements from Angelina Camacho; Charles Clemons; Brian Keith; Jose Lopez; Domonique Williams; and Hassan Williams.
Janey announced Thursday, though, that she has received the endorsement of Deeqo Jibril, a leader in the local Somali community who placed a close third in the preliminary election.
“A very strong woman, representative of the folks in the immigrant community,” Janey said of Jibril.
She has also picked up support from top local elected officials, such as state Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz and Linda Dorcena Forry.
“I’m working hard, I don’t take anything for granted, I’m working hard for each and every voter,” she said.
Faulk, who also won the support of state officials, said he was “honored and humbled” to receive the endorsements from six former opponents, saying they are “constituents of District 7.”
“I look forward to working with my fellow community leaders to ensure that District 7 provides a world-class education for our students, safe neighborhoods, for our families, a living wage for our workforce, and stands against developers seeking to displace our residents,” Faulk said.
Janey won 1,532 of the 6,129 votes cast Sept. 26, or 25 percent. Faulk won 719, or 12 percent. The top two vote recipients, regardless of party, proceeded to the Nov. 7 general election.
Williams, who came in fourth place with 593 votes, or just under 10 percent, said in a statement that she is supporting Faulk because “I know he will fight tirelessly in the interest of the community above all else.”
The District 7 race is open because Councilor Tito Jackson is running for mayor.Milton J. Valencia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.