Primary Guide: City Council District 24

Candidates running for the 27th District in the City Council include Democrats Manuel Caughman (l.-r.), Joan Flowers, Gregory Mays, I. Daneek Miller, Sondra Peeden and Clyde Vanel. Photos by Steven Malecki, Christina Santucci and Nat Valentine and courtesy the candidates
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Six Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 27, which represents St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park, Queens Village, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens.

Manuel “Manny” Caughman is an Air Force veteran and former liaison in Assemblyman William Scarborough’s office. He is a member of Community Board 12 and executive secretary of the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club.

Joan Flowers, an attorney, previously served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, state Sen. Malcolm Smith and former Gov. David Paterson. She has been a state Democratic committeewoman and a Guy R. Brewer club board member.

Gregory Mays is a member of Community Board 12 and chairman of its Parks Committee. He is the founder of the non-profit A Better Jamaica. Mays received his BA from Howard University his MBA from Harvard University.

I. Daneek Miller is the president of the Queens chapter of the Amalgamated Transportation Union, representing Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers and mechanics. He also co-chairs the MTA’s labor coalition.

Sondra Peeden is a managing partner at the management-consulting firm Peeden, Jacobs and Associates. She is currently an aide to City Councilman Ruben Wills and previously served as the deputy chief of staff to Councilman David Weprin.

Clyde Vanel is an intellectual property attorney with his own private practice, Vanel Law Firm. He also owns a website,, and previously owned the Vanel Restaurant and Bar in Manhattan.

Posted 12:00 am, September 9, 2013
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Neeka from Hollis says:
Your headline reads "District 24" candidates, when these are in fact, District 27 candidates.
Sept. 10, 2013, 10:57 am

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