Cliff Stanton, a local Parents’ Association Co-President and community activist, has registered a committee for term-limited Oliver Koppell’s seat and says he’s moving forward with the campaign.
“We’re moving ahead. We’ve got a ways between now and whenever we get the vote next September. It’s going to be all about raising money, raising my name recognition in the community,” Mr. Stanton said, contending that many area residents are already familiar with him. Among other things, he’s known locally for championing the boycott of the Riverdale Review.
“I’ve had a ringside seat the last few years to what’s happening,” he said explained when asked about his motivations for entering the race. “I’m disturbed by some of the things I’m seeing. The … stubborn refusal to consider creative solutions to our problems in our neighborhood. There’s this pervasive cynicism … that has permeated all aspects of our political, commercial and social life.”
Mr. Stanton places some of the blame on the Bronx Democratic Party for spreading this political cynicism. “I’m certain that it is responsible. I’m not opposing individuals here, but I’m opposing this culture, and I’m holding them responsible for perpetuating this culture,” he said. “You have families that have been disenfranchised by this political machine, this monster.” Needless to say, it seems unlikely that Mr. Stanton’s campaign will be fully backed by that local Democratic organization.
Bronx Press Politics was first to note Mr. Stanton’s committee, and cited Ari Hoffnung, who’s a deputy comptroller for John Liu, as another potential candidate for the seat. Mr. Hoffnung, who has decent amount of campaign cash left over from a previous bid for the seat, currently has a “2013″ campaign account.