Felicia Johnson has officially announced her run against long-time incumbent Michele R. Titus for the New York State Assembly. The democratic primary election for Assembly District 31 will be held on September 13, 2018. Here’s what you need to know:
Johnson has lived in the 31st district for 30 years and has been an active community member. Through her community engagement with homelessness and working on the JFK Redevelopment Project she has gained some titles. Johnson is the Vice-Chair of Community Board 14, member of the Community Advisory Board for St. John’s Hospital and previous President to the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC). Johnson appeared on the ballot to run against Titus in 2014, but she was removed from the ballot before the democratic primary.
Her opponent, Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus, has represented Assembly District 31 for 16 years. She currently sits on the Children and Families, Codes, Judiciary, Small Business and Local Governments committees at the New York State Assembly. Prior to her election, Titus served as the Chief of Staff to Senator Ada Smith, as well as the Executive Director for the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, and as an attorney for the New York City Board of Education. Titus has not been opposed for her seat since her election in 2002.
With this being the first time in 16 years that Assemblywoman Titus has had an opponent, it will make it interesting for the public how this campaigning season will go. Only less than 2 months left before people cast their deciding ballots; we’ll see if Titus will continue her position or if Johnson will take her place.
~by Gabby Preston