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Sean Bell's Fiancé to Run for City Council

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nicole Paultre Bell, the 26-year-old woman whose fiancé was killed by police four years ago, will be on the November ballot for City Council.

The city's Board of Elections says Paultre Bell has collected enough valid signatures to be a candidate for the 26th Council District, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Jamaica and Richmond Hill.

Bell is running to succeed Queens Democrat Thomas White, who died in office in August. She has the backing of local Congressman Gregory Meeks and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Bell was thrust into the spotlight when her fiance, Sean Bell, was shot down outside a Queens nightclub after a bachelor party in November 2006, hours before their wedding. She later took Bell's name, criticizing the police and calling for the prosecution of the officers involved in the shooting.

She will face several competitors, including Allan Jennings, a former Councilman, who lost a reelection campaign in 2005. During his one term in office, Jennings was censured by the City Council for harrassing two female staff members. The council garnished Jennings' wages to get him to pay a fine.

Bell is currently a sophomore at York College. She  lives in Far Rockaway, but a spokesperson says she's, quote, "in the process of moving to the district."

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Comments [2]

Based on what from Queens

She gave birth to not one but two children at a very young age with no thought as to how and her thug boyfriend were going to support them.
Whether he deserved to be shot is open for debate but he certainly was not blameless that night.
He was out with two criminal friends at a known drug location.
Where in this true story is Paltre's good judgement shown?

Oct. 17 2010 12:32 AM

Is she qualified? What is her vision to improve the community? None of this is reported.

Oct. 13 2010 09:54 AM

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