Special Race in New York's 6th To Feature Dueling Democrats
By CQ Staff
State Rep. Gregory W. Meeks has the crucial Democratic Party endorsement
for the Feb. 3 special election to replace former six-term Democratic Rep.
Floyd H. Flake in New York's 6th District.
But in his bid to succeed Flake, who resigned on Nov. 15 to concentrate
on his church ministry, Meeks will have to fend off four opponents --
including two other Democratic state lawmakers.
State Sen. Alton R. Waldon Jr., who briefly held the southeast Queens
seat in 1986, announced on Jan. 12 that he is the nominee of New York's
Conservative Party and Independence Party (New York's version of the Reform
Meeks edged Waldon for the Democratic nomination at a Jan. 9 caucus of
6th District party leaders. Although Meeks was backed by prominent
African-Americans such as Flake and activist Al Sharpton, Waldon alleged
his nomination was a case of "plantation politics" -- with white Queens
party heads pressuring local leaders to support Meeks.
State Rep. Barbara M. Clark, another Democrat, filed by the Jan. 14
deadline for independent candidates. She will appear on the ballot line for
the 21st Century Party.
Running as the Republican nominee in the black-majority, heavily
Democratic district is Celestine V. Miller, a district school
superintendent. The candidate of the anti-abortion Right to Life Party is
homemaker Mary Cronin.
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