Candidates vying for former City Councilman James Sanders Jr.’s vacated District 31 seat is shaping up to be an eclectic cast of characters.
There will be a special run-off election on Feb. 19, open to any candidate who can collect the requisite signatures by mid-month, Mayor Bloomberg announced last week.
Sanders vacated his Council seat to assume his new role in the state Senate after defeating embattled incumbent Shirley Huntley.
The candidates must scramble to collect 1,350 signatures by Jan. 15 and then submit them to the city Board of Elections.
Thus far, former Councilman Alan Jennings and Selvena Brooks have filed their petitions with the board, according to spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez.
Brooks served as the deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Malcolm Smith and most recently worked with the politically active SEIU union.
The early frontrunner appears to be Donovan Richards, Sander’s former chief of staff. The outgoing councilman has thrown his weight behind his protege. Richards has not yet filed his petition with the Board of Elections as of Monday. A handful of other names have been rumored.