By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
City Council hopeful Laurie Cumbo, who made news when she filed an astounding 10,000 petition signatures with the Board of Elections to secure a place on the ballot for the September Democratic Primary, is now boasting that her campaign has raised an impressive $100,000 in donations.
“I am honored by the backing my candidacy has amassed during this period,” said Cumbo, the former director of MoCADA, Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. She is running for the council seat in the 35th District, a district that covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The district also includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The seat is currently held by Democrat Letitia James, who is running for public advocate.
Cumbo said her donations have come from a “grassroots team of over 800 supporters” and that 80 percent of the donations were $100 or less.
“It is encouraging to know that individuals support my candidacy so staunchly that they are willing to donate their hard-earned money to aid my campaign,” Cumbo said.
“This diverse coalition can be sure that, in the City Council, I will work to attract investment and job opportunities to our district, fight for our fair share of city resources, and improve education in our community,” she said.
In her bid for a City Council seat, Cumbo has garnered endorsements from several unions, including the United Federation of Teachers, the Transport Workers Union, 1199 SEIU, and Steamfitters Local Union 638.
Last week, Cumbo filed over 10,000 petition signatures from Democrats in the council district to get on the ballot. Only 450 signatures are needed.
In addition to Cumbo, candidates in the Democratic primary include: Democratic District Leader Jesse Hamilton; former district leader Ola Alabi; Ede Fox, the former chief of staff for Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush); and Jelani Mashariki, the founder of Black Veterans for Social Justice.