Thursday, September 9, 2010
Nicole is in
From the Daily News:
Four years after her fiancé's death on their wedding day, Nicole Paultre Bell is focused on Election Day.
Bell, who typically marks her November by the anniversary of Sean Bell's death in a 51-shot police fusillade, is intent on winning a vacant City Council seat from Queens.
"What happened to me four years ago - I didn't expect that to happen," Bell said in an exclusive interview with the Daily News officially announcing her candidacy.
"This is what life threw my way. It made me realize that there are serious problems out there."
The once-tragic figure says her platform centers on education reform and elderly care - and improving police and community relations.
The inexperienced candidate running to replace the deceased Thomas White Jr. already faces one obstacle: The 26-year-old single mother of two doesn't live in the Jamaica, Queens, district she wants to represent.
Former City Councilman Allan Jennings, one of her opponents in the Nov. 2 special election, was quick to attack Bell's announcement.
"She has name recognition?" snapped Jennings. "So did George Bush. But he couldn't get elected in this district."