Candidates for 42nd City Council District

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John C. Whitehead

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Sanitation Worker

Previous Occupation(s): Security Supervisor; Steel Worker; Youth Counselor; United States Army / Reserves - Honorably Discharged in 1989

Education: Educated in the NYC Public School System - Graduate of Boys and Girls High School

Organizational Affiliations: Member, Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association Local 831/ International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Co-Founder and President, Black Men Who Care, Inc.; Chairman of the Sanitation and Environmental Committees for Community Board No. 5; President, Zone 3 Precinct Council 75th Precinct; Co-Founder and Member, Brooklyn Postal Customer Advisory Council; Co-Founding Member, Black Watch, Committee to Honor Black Heroes; Former Vice President, Spring Creek Gardens Tenant Association; Former Vice President and Shop Steward, United Steel Workers Union Local 2; and Former Member, 32BJ SEIU and YMCA Board.

Prior Public Experience: N/A

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 42 you would address if elected?

Stop and Frisk.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Senior Citizen programs, recreation centers for the youth, job creation, economic development and health services.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I am experienced in dealing with many aspects of the NYC government. As a Community Activist for over 25 years and a Teamster for the last 20 years, I am able to tap into resources to get things done in my district.
As a member of the Community Board, I have been instrumental in addressing the needs of my community by: Bringing the issues to elected officials and ACORN concerning the potential sale of Starrett City to ensure that with their help the complex remained affordable, bringing new transportation to the new Gateway Mall and making sure that the residents had a fair chance for new housing being built in the community by encouraging a lottery system.

I have a solid record of accomplishments and will continue the work that is needed to bring funding and services to the district


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