Kendall Stewart

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Kendall Stewart represented District 45 in the New York City Council until December 31, 2009. Born in St. Vincent and educated at Caribbean Union College, Stewart began his career as a podiatrist.

He first ran for office in this district-which was designed in order to maximize the political clout of the largely West Indian constituency that lies within this area, i.e. Flatlands, Flatbush, East Flatbush, and Midwood - in 1997 against then incumbent City Councilman Lloyd Henry. Although defeated in that race, Stewart went on to successfully contest the seat four years later in a crowded Democratic primary field, which included two other Caribbean-American candidates, and future State Senator Kevin Parker.[citation needed]

As the incumbent from that district, Stewart would face a tough re-election battle in 2005 when Samuel Taitt, who has become a perennial political rival for Stewart, decided to run against him for the seat yet again. One of the issues raised over the course of the campaign was a comment Stewart made that his opponents, as well as many Haitian-Americans, viewed as being derogatory towards Haitians. In response to an article published in the New York Daily News, which accused him of being a delinquent landlord, he asserted that the poor condition of his rental properties were the result of the behavior of Haitian-Americans. He also accused them of breaking locks, which he described as a "cultural thing".[1][2] During Taitt's rematch against Stewart in 2005 Taitt insinuated that Stewart's campaign might have been behind defamatory campaign pamphlets circulated within the district one week prior to Election Day, a charge that Stewart's campaign vehemently denied.[3]

Stewart has also been Democratic District Leader for the 58th Assembly District.[citation needed]

Stewart was defeated in the September 2009 Democratic primary by more than 1,100 votes by a newcomer, Jumaane Williams, but ran in the November 2009 general election on the Independence Party line.[4] He was defeated nonetheless by Williams on election day, November 3, 2009.

He is an alumnus of City College and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times report on Kendall Stewart
  2. ^ Stewart-Taitt accusations
  3. ^ Taitt's accusations in 2005 against Stewart
  4. ^ 2009 primary defeat

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Henry
New York City Council, 45th District
2002–2009
Succeeded by
Jumaane Williams