Brooklyn, NY – A 22 year old law school student who hopes to shake things up in Brooklyn’s 21st District is challenging Kevin Parker for his state senate seat and will be running unopposed on both the Republican and Conservative lines.
Mindy Meyer, an Orthodox Flatbush resident, who is currently employed as a judicial intern for Judge Francois Rivera at the King County Supreme Court and attends law school at night, admits to having always been fascinated by politics.
“I met Mayor Giuliani when I was twelve,” Meyer told VIN News. “When we went to Washington for our 8th grade graduation trip, I tried to coordinate a trip to meet the president at the White House.”
A graduate of Touro College and one of five children, Ms. Meyer chose law to study law as a segue into politics.
“I think many of the people who are in office right now, such as Kevin Parker, are disconnected from the younger generation,” said Ms. Meyer. “They want people who are young, innovative, have new ideas and someone who can relate to the people. When I went around collecting signatures within the community, many of the people didn’t even know who Kevin Parker is. He isn’t involved in the community and is out of touch with his constituents.”
Ms. Meyer does not see her lack of experience in the political arena as a drawback, pledging to work hard for her constituents if elected and citing her religious background and values as an asset.
“I can tell you one thing,” vowed Ms. Meyer. “I don’t have experience in corruption. That is how politics has to change. There is always corruption but I plan to stick to my values and ensure that none of that goes on in my district.”
If elected, Ms. Meyer would advocate for school vouchers, battered women and would create programs to divert young adults who are involved in gangs to educational programs that would help them earn a degree. Ms. Meyer also pledged to tackle the issue of police brutality, particularly when racially motivated.
“We endorsed her,” said Jerry Kassar, chairman of Brooklyn’s Conservative party. “We filed her petitions on the conservative party line and we anticipate her being a strong candidate. We were very excited after we met with her and I say she will be formidable and a strong contender. She has a maturity and an ability well beyond her years.”
Should she defeat Parker in the upcoming election, Ms. Meyer would transfer to a law school in Albany which would enable her to continue her studies as well as carry out her duties as a state senator.