After dedicating himself to the community, through activism, legacy and public service, Jamaican-born L. Rickie Tulloch says he’s ready to take over representation in the 45th Council District in Brooklyn.
Tullock is among a crowded field of eight other candidates vying to succeed newly-elected New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in the special election on May 14.
The candidates include a significant number of Caribbean-born and Caribbean Americans, who all claimed that they are best suited to represent the district that comprises East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park and Midwood.
More than 188,000 people live in the district, of which about 61 percent are either Caribbean American or African American, according to reports.
Besides Tullock, the candidates are: Trinidad and Tobago-born, Anthony Alexis; Monique Chandler-Waterman, the daughter of Jamaican and Barbadian immigrants; Jovia Radix, the daughter of Barbadian and Grenadian immigrants; Farah Louis, the daughter of Haitian immigrants; Louis Cespedes Fernadez, the son of Cuban immigrants; Anthony Beckford; Xamayla Rose; and Adina Sash.
“This is my fourth campaign for office, and I believe we will be successful,” said Tullock in an exclusive Caribbean Life interview on Sunday.
“In addition to my 2007 campaign, I also ran for City Council in 2009 and State Assembly in 2014,” he added. “I have worked my entire life to serve my community, and I believe I have the experience and commitment to be a strong leader for the people of the 45th Council District.”
Tulloch, who was born in Connors, in the parish of St. Catherine in Jamaica, said that he has been living in East Flatbush since his migration in 1976.
He said, when he first ran for City Council in 2007 and lost, he “learned some valuable lessons about campaigning and engaging the community.
“Similar to now, I ran for office because I wanted to deliver results for my community and empower everyone that lives here,” he said.