Community activist Richard David has announced his candidacy for the New York State Assembly.
David will run for the vacant seat in District 31, which encompasses the southeast Queens neighborhoods around JFK Airport: Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Richmond Hill, Rosedale, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens and Wakefield.
The position was vacated after former Assemblywoman Michele Titus was elected as a Queens Civil Court judge earlier this year. Titus has served in the Assembly since 2002.
Governor Cuomo is expected to declare a special election in the next few days. The regularly-scheduled primary is set for June 23rd.
David has lived in southeast Queens for 25 yeas, and is currently a district leader for Assembly District 31.
He spent 10 years working in government, and was at one point one of the youngest members of his local community board.
He co-founded a youth-led social justice organization, and led the nonprofit desk of a private government relations firms.
David is also an adjunct history professor at York College.