Guyanese-born seeks to make City Hall history

Richard S. David, a former vice president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, is poised to become the first Guyanese-born in the City Council, when constituents of District 28, Queens, go to the polls in the September primary, and general election in November of this year.

Raised by a single mother, David and two brothers, who, were born in the small village of Mahaciony, on the East Coast of Demerara, in Guyana, is a highly ambitious young man, is adamant that local government has neglected his district for many years, and is ready to delivery real results and change.

David said he was inspired by President Barack Obama’s call to action in 2008, and became a mentor to boys and girls of color in Southeast Queens.

Small in stature, but big and bold in vision, David will no doubt have a powerful voice in City Hall for residents of District, 28, that he said, have been locked out of all decision making.

“We do not have a respected voice fighting to bring more resources into the community,” said David, adding, that citizens’ quality of life for citizens, has decreased.

“We need a fresh start with a council member like me, who can make government work for all of us,” said David, a Hunter College graduate, who organized students on campus, where he was president of the WISE Club.

His journey started at age 13, when he got his first job. He worked at the South Queens, Boys & Girls Club, which today is one of the leading social justice organizations in Council District 28, and New York City.

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