Community Board 8 District Director launches second bid for Queens Council seat – Queens Daily Eagle
By David Brand
A former district director for the Queens Community Council says her experience in public service and public schools sets her apart from the growing field of candidates to replace Council Member I. Daneek Miller in South East Queens.
Marie Adam-Ovide, District Director of Community Board 8 since 2007, announced her candidacy for the 27th Council District on Friday, eight years later. first race for a seat in a nearby neighborhood.
“In these difficult times for our city and our borough, I am running to fight for our seniors, to create opportunities for our families and to promote a better future for our young people,” said Adam-Ovide.
She is one of nine candidates who applied to represent Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village and Springfield Gardens. Miller has a limited time at the end of 2021.
In 2013, she ran in the special election for Council 31 District after former council member James Sanders transferred to the State Senate. Donovan Richards, now president of the Borough of Queens, won the race.
Adam-Ovide immigrated to the United States from Haiti and attended Tilden High School before graduating from Brooklyn College. She moved to Queens in 1995 and raised three children, each of whom attended public schools where Adam-Ovide served on the Parent Teacher Association.
For years, Adam-Ovid and his family cared for foster children while she worked for board member Sheldon Leffler and then board member David Weprin.
She rolled out a handful of endorsements on Friday, including backing from former Community Council 8 chairman Alvin Warshaviak.
“She has an incredible ability to listen to everyone and find consensus solutions to all problems,” Warshaviak said.
The other eight nominees include the lawyer and the founder of a nonprofit organization Kerryanne Burke; Deputy Attorney General of New York Jason clark; President of the Community Council 12 René Colline; community organizer James johnson; Al-Hassan Kanu, former Queens Liaison for Public Counsel; NYC Test and Trace Corps Campaign Manager Harold Miller; military veteran Timothy Turane; and Nantasha williams, the executive director of New York State’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Group.