Karim Camara

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Karim Camara
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 43rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 2005
Preceded by Clarence Norman Jr.
Personal details
Born (1971-06-03) June 3, 1971 (age 43)[1]
Crown Heights, Brooklyn[2]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Orelia Merchant Camara[3]
Children two[3]
Residence Crown Heights, Brooklyn[2]
Alma mater Xavier University of Louisiana
New York Theological Seminary
Profession politician
Religion Baptist[2]
Website Official website

Karim Camara (born June 3, 1971)[1] is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing the 43rd Assembly District which includes parts of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush.[3] He is the founding and senior pastor of the Abundant Life Church in Brooklyn[4] and was previously the executive pastor of First Baptist Church of Crown Heights.[3] He was first elected to the State Assembly in a November 2005 special election to replace Clarence Norman Jr.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Brooklyn, Camara spent most of his childhood living in the Assembly District he now represents. He also spent formative years both in Queens and on a farm in Westtown, New York (Orange County).

He graduated from Brooklyn Friends School in 1988.[5] He went on to attain his B.A. in English Literature and Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Divinity from the New York Theological Seminary.

Early career and personal life[edit]

He was the fundraising director for the Cush Campus Schools in Brooklyn of which his mother is a founder and the principal.[6]

Camara resides in Brooklyn with his wife Orelia E. Merchant, an assistant US attorney[6] and their two children.

Election results[edit]

Karim Camara (DEM) ... 8,411
Geoffrey A. Davis (IND) ... 1,818
Kenneth E. Cook (REP - CON) ... 1,093
Karim Camara (DEM - WOR) ... 11,873
Kenneth E. Cook (REP - CON) ... 983
Karim Camara (DEM - WOR) ... 26,769
Stuart Balberg (REP - CON) ... 2,096
Karim Camara (DEM - WOR) ... 17,923
Menachem M. Raitport (REP - CON) ... 1,538

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