Early voting continues through Sunday for the May 24 special election in Brooklyn’s Assembly District 58. The seat opened on March 30 when former state Assemblymember N. Nick Perry resigned to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Jamaica. The winner will complete Perry’s term through the end of this year and compete in the upcoming primary election to hold the seat.


The district encompasses parts of East Flatbush, Canarsie and Brownsville. District residents can find the location of their polling site via the NYC Board of Elections website.


Monique Allen-Davy, who’s running on the Conservative/Republican Party line, holds a Ph.D. in education and has worked in that field as a counselor to help students engage in self-advocacy, college readiness, and other skills, according to her campaign’s Facebook page. She has also worked as a human resources director with a specialization in labor relations, employment law and government contracting. 

Policy Priorities:

  • Education
  • Safety
  • Economy / Housing
  • Oppose Forced Mandates (that have caused emotional and financial hardship for adults and our children.)

Monique Chandler-Waterman is running on the Democratic/Working Families Party lines. She and her husband, Eric Waterman, launched their nonprofit organization East Flatbush Villiage Inc. in 2008, which provides a range of services, from education and mentorship to sports and cultural enrichment activities. In 2019, she ran for City Council District 45 to replace current Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Her Assembly campaign has received endorsements from Perry, Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.

Policy Priorities:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Healthcare (including a focus on mental health)
  • Gun violence/community safety
  • Education

Hercules Reid, an aide to Mayor Eric Adams while he was Brooklyn borough president, is campaigning as an independent on the Education is Key Party line. He’s an activist, advocate and community organizer in East Flatbush, according to his campaign site. His advocacy includes helping students, workers and families obtain access to opportunities and improve their quality of life. Reid served as student government president at CUNY’s City Tech and in CUNY’s Student Senate. Adams endorsed him on May 11.

Policy Priorities:

  • Housing
  • Public Safety
  • Education
  • Healthcare


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Nigel Roberts

Nigel Roberts is a New York-based, award-winning freelance journalist. During his career, Nigel has written for several newspapers and magazines. He has extensive experience covering politics and was a...

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