Bunkeddeko, who is challenging Rep. Yvette Clarke in the Brooklyn-based 9th Congressional District, points out that Clarke hasn’t been able to pass a bill in Congress since she arrived there. He’s running on a platform to bring new subsidized housing to his district and enact criminal justice reforms — ending cash bail, changing sentencing laws and legalizing marijuana....“People are tired of having a seat in which no one is speaking truth to power, and no one is giving voice to folks whose voices aren’t heard,” said Bunkeddeko, a Harvard MBA-holding community organizer whose parents raised him in New York after fleeing war-torn Uganda. “She does carry the advantage of being the incumbent, but the mood, the landscape — that’s in our favor.”
The candidate [Adem Bunkeddeko] — a Crown Heights resident and member of Community Board 8 who until recently created job-training programs at Brooklyn Community Services — said he’d raised $120, 949 for the fourth quarter of 2017. Those filings will be made public next month.“No corporations, no PACs, all from individuals,” he said.
Bunkeddeko cites housing as the most significant issue facing Central Brooklyn, and he favors the implementation of Community Land Trusts to allow for more public input. He also believes that the federal government needs to do more to help immigrant families, and talked about critical social justice issues.
“The kind of cruel injustice of it all is that these communities were created by Federal Housing policy. People were basically shoved into them, locked out of mortgage financing, and are now being blue-lined out of them,” said Bunkeddeko. “Rent is up 20 percent or more in some parts of central Brooklyn. We’ve lost over 5000 rent regulated apartments. What’s this city going to look like without working class communities of color?”
“Before Trump, there was an old Harvard model that you should ‘learn, earn and return,’ ” said Mr. Bunkeddeko, 30, who is running as a Democrat to represent New York’s Ninth Congressional District in Brooklyn. Now, he says, “the old rules aren’t the rules anymore.”
“[535 Carlton] is not affordable housing. Maybe it’s affordable housing if you make six figures,” Democratic Congressional candidate Adem Bunkeddeko said.Bunkeddeko is running for Congress in Brooklyn on a housing platform and he says clearly there is a need for more low-income units.
As a member of Community Board 8’s housing committee, [Adem Bunkeddeko] has listened to people bemoan the structuring of 535 Carlton. “The main gripe is ‘this is absurd; who is this affordable for?’” he said. “Even the folks who came in as the first wave of gentrifiers can’t swing it.”
As is common in deep-blue Brooklyn, Rep. Clarke has faced little opposition in election campaigns since taking office 11 years ago. But Bunkeddeko — a Harvard-educated native New Yorker with experience in community organizing and nonprofit work — is hoping to change that in the 2018 election.
Adem Bunkeddeko... has caught the attention of several politically powerful people in the city, including [former Lt. Governor Richard] Ravitch and the prominent civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, who are both supporting his candidacy for congress next year.Mr. Bunkeddeko is running with an aggressive agenda on housing, one that would support the creation not just of vaguely affordable rental apartments, but of routes to ownership for families making between $30,000 and $80,000 a year.