MTV Real World alumnus/Brooklyn resident Kevin Powell is fixin’ to give Rep. Ed Towns a run for his money in the 10th Congressional District Democratic primary. Powell aborted his challenge to Towns in 2006 to focus on his efforts helping victims of Hurrican Katrina. He announced his candidacy last year. The “hip hop activist” joins Daniel Squadron and Barack Obama as part of a new generation in touch with the 21st Century vying for office this year. The NY Times profiles him today.
New York Times: Brooklyn Congressman…: Mr. Powell said the congressman had done nothing to address some of the pressing needs of the residents of the 10th Congressional District, which stretches from East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant through Fort Greene and into Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill.
“He hasn’t held any major discussions about affordable housing or the mortgage crisis,” Mr. Powell said. “He hasn’t been heard of on any of the major health issues of the day. And Brooklyn has one of the highest rates of H.I.V. and asthma.”
Mr. Powell, who is 42, says he hopes to tap into the support of young and new voters, following the course set by Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, whom he supports as the Democratic candidate for the White House. (Mr. Towns is a superdelegate pledged to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.)
A profile of Powell may be found at A Good Black Man.