Brooklyn’s Quanda S. Francis hopes to add ‘mayor’ to prominent resume
S. Francis is a Brooklyn-born mother, student, entrepreneur,
accountant and data scientist who is hoping to add “mayor” to her
still debating whether to run in the mayoral Democratic primary in June or wait
and run as an independent in the general election in November.
have overcome tremendous adversity,” she told News 12, speaking about getting
pregnant at 17 and dropping out of high school. Now, she has an MBA and is
pursuing a Ph.D.
need candidates of the future…Our infrastructure is falling apart,” she says.
“We have certain communities that have food deserts, recreational deserts.
There are no outlets. And the lack of investment is causing what we see is sort
of these systemic problems in terms of increase in crime due to lack of
opportunities and we are failing our children.”
has lofty goals, including reducing the homeless population, the number of
those living in poverty, reducing crime and balancing the city’s budget.
also plans to put forth policies that would aid students with disabilities,
pointing to her own experience with her 8-year-old son.
need to make sure that students with disabilities get the resources that they
need…I feel like right now I am giving the voice to a lot of New Yorkers that
are unheard," she says.
interviews with Quanda S. Francis and the rest of the candidates can be found
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