Brian Barnwell is looking to be the voice of a district he has called home all his life and one he says needs a big change and new leadership.
The 29-year-old Woodside resident and lawyer has announced that he will run next year for the seat in the state Assembly representing District 30, which covers the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Woodside, Middle Village and parts of Astoria, Sunnyside and Long Island City.
The seat is currently held by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, who was first elected in 1998.
“I just feel like it’s time for a change. I feel like we need some new energy where people are going to go out and engage the community and bring the community voices into the conversation,” Barnwell said. “Everyone is getting pushed out. The teachers are being thrown under the bus. The students are being thrown under the bus. The middle class is just being destroyed and we can’t take it for granted anymore. So I want to be the voice of the middle class, because I am in the middle class.”
Barnwell’s desire to run for office was fueled recently when he began working as the director of special events for Councilman Costa Constantinides, and experienced many residents coming into the district office complaining about various issues – including affordable housing.
This made him realize that there needed to be a change and he would be that change.
Republican or Democrat? Don't know. They didn't bother to ask and it doesn't matter anyway.