Official Press Release from Shatika Parker for Yonkers
Yonkers, NY — On the first day of Black History Month, 31-year-old Yonkers native Shatika Parker officially launches her campaign for Yonkers City Council’s 1st District. Over three decades, Shatika IS the 1st District: born & raised in this city, a graduate of Yonkers Public Schools, who has also worked and worshiped here. After going away for college, she returned home to continue working and adding to the culture & lifestyle Yonkers offers. Parker is fully invested in the issues & people of the 1st District, which is why she is proud to raise her daughter here in her hometown.
Unlike other candidates, Parker brings a unique perspective developed from a lens of lived, educational, and career experience. She is no stranger to the issues of the 1st District, namely the housing crisis – having lived in a vast array of housing this city has to offer, including but not limited to, Municipal Housing, Section 8, private housing, and housing regulated by the City’s Affordable Housing Ordinance.
Not only the first person in her family to graduate high school, Parker would continue on with her education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany. She’s also had the opportunity to help the 1st District through her nonprofit organization, Project Inspire Yonkers, as well as through her previous 6-year tenure as Legislative Aide to County Legislator Christopher Johnson, where she fought for Yonkers residents and their concerns.
As a City Council Member, Parker intends to push back against the status quo, using her deep roots, community engagement, education, and career experience to drive change for better housing, education, and employment opportunities for the people of the 1st District, who have been often underserved by current city government.
“I am a product of the best and the worst of this city” said Parker, “and I vow to fight for funding and legislation that will improve the quality of life for residents in the 1st District. This race is not about me, it’s about finally having a community voice on the City Council and with community support and action, we will have just that.”
Petitions will officially begin February 28th. Please visit ParkerForYonkers.com to learn more about the campaign and how you can help. Shatika Parker is the COMMUNITY VOICE and COMMUNITY CHOICE! Support #ParkerForYonkers.