The Borough That Should Be Jersey may get its first black elected official in an upcoming special city council election, reports the Staten Island Advance
. Among the seven Democrats contesting for the seat of Michael McMahon, who is vacating to go to Congress, are two African-Americans, Community Board member Debi Rose
of Mariners Harbor and peace activist
Rev. Dr. Tony Baker of Port Richmond. Also running, says the Advance
, are "Rajiv Gowda of Mariners Harbor, who is Indian-American, and Paul Saryian of West Brighton, who is of Hispanic and Armenian descent," and three white people.