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NEW YORK, USA — Three Jamaican nationals will face the electorate in citywide elections here, tomorrow (Tuesday Sept 10), with the contest for Bronx Borough president between Kingston-born businessman Mark Escoffery-Bey and incumbent Ruben Diaz among the most closely watched.
At the same time, Jamaicans here are expected to play a vital role in who becomes the next mayor, as polls have indicated the growing importance of African-Americans, notably those of Caribbean descent, in elections in this teeming American city.
The other two Jamaicans vying for office are St Mary-born attorney Joan Flowers who is seeking to represent the 27th Council District and community activist Michael Duncan, who is running in the 31st District.
All three candidates have listed improved education, affordable housing and economic opportunities among their priorities.
In addition, Escoffery-Bey, who has described the system in the borough as "corrupt", said his top priority if elected would be reform of the electoral system in the Bronx.
In recent times, a number of elected officials in the borough have been indicted on corruption and other charges, with some receiving jail sentences.
Whoever emerges as winners in tomorrow's primaries are almost certain to be elected to the various offices as there are virtually no opposition in the predominantly democratic districts.
With no Jamaican currently in the City Council, all three Jamaican hopefuls have been making special appeals to Diaspora residents here as they seek support for their candidacy.
Candidates must poll a certain percentage of the total votes cast to avoid a run-off, a situation which could be potentially hard for Flowers who will go up against five other candidates in her race.
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