Monique Chandler-Waterman wins Dem nomination for Flatbush Assembly seat • Brooklyn Paper
Monique Chandler-Waterman won the Democratic nomination on Thursday for the special election in Assembly District 58, encompassing parts of East Flatbush, Canarsie and Brownsville, aiming to secure the seat in the May 24 contest a few weeks only before the previously scheduled June primary.
Chandler-Waterman, director of ground support for the city’s Test and Trace Corps and a former candidate for city council in 2019, won a unanimous vote from members of the district’s county committee to be selected as the candidate, she said. told the Brooklyn Paper.
“I feel good, I am humbly honored that the community has supported me. I’m not surprised to work with the community, I’ve worked with the community for decades, I’ve lived in the community all my life,” Chandler-Waterman said by phone Thursday. “It was an organic support gain, so I’m really pleased we were able to do the process today and I came out victorious.”
Chandler-Waterman officially entered the race last month to replace longtime Assemblyman Nick Perry, who left his seat to take up his new post as ambassador to his native Jamaica. Chandler-Waterman, a longtime community activist who founded East Flatbush Village with her husband Eric Waterman, enjoys the support of much of the area’s political class, including Perry, Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse, Member of Assembly Jaime Williams and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and the Working Families Party.
The special election is essentially a lock for Chandler-Waterman after winning the Democratic nomination; the special in the 58th district will likely be even less competitive than the previous two elections this year in Brooklyn, in the 60th and 43rd districts, where the PAM nominated an unsuccessful Democratic challenger to run against the county’s party pick.
Chandler-Waterman has faced opposition from charter school administrator Otis Danne Jr. She also faces competition in the Democratic primary from Hercules Reid, an aide to Mayor Eric Adams. The timing of Perry’s resignation sparked a call for a special election when he was only a month away from the primary; if Perry had resigned just days after him, the seat would remain vacant until after the general election in November, City & State reported.
The meeting was conducted with little fanfare; about two dozen county committee members showed up, Chandler-Waterman said. The party also did not publicly announce the meeting in advance on social media, nor was it livestreamed on Facebook like previous meetings. Even the candidates were unaware: Danne said on Twitter that neither he nor his campaign were told about the meeting.
A county committee vote is taking place today to decide the Democratic nominee for District 58. Myself or the campaign was not notified. It’s happening at the JLoft in Brooklyn
— Otis Danne Jr (@OtisDanne) April 14, 2022
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn Democratic Party did not respond to a request for comment.
Chandler-Waterman says she hopes to use her official platform to push for solutions to gun violence in her district, which recently claimed the life of 12-year-old Kade Lewin after years of working as a violence reduction advocate. For now, however, she plans to knock on doors and mobilize her volunteers ahead of Election Day and then Primary Day soon after.
“The next step is to get back out there and talk with community members and voters,” she said. “It doesn’t stop.”
Correction (1:09 PM 4/15/22): This article has been updated to note that the reunion was previously announced on the Brooklyn Democrats website and that Hercules Reid is running in the Democratic primary but not in the special election.