After much consideration and with support of his family and friends, Derickson K. Lawrence will formally announce his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, 16th Congressional District, on Saturday at 10:30 am, at the historic St. Paul’s Church—897 South Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10550.
“The nation is looking for alternatives to career politicians and establishment politics, and our 16th Congressional District is no exception,” said Lawrence.
He has solid private sector and public sector experience. As a banking executive with some 30 years of management consultant experience with companies like KPMG and the Gartner Group, he is currently engaged in three small business ventures-- two with national foot prints and one global. He has also been a problem solver in the local and regional communities for two decades. For starters, he has been a district leader in the City of Mount Vernon for the past 30 years. In addition, he has led and has delivered real solutions, yielding tangible results, on issues ranging from: crime and gun violence; tax reform; changing the process of learning in our school district; economic empowerment and job growth through innovation; to name a few. Google each issue with “Derickson K.”
“With bold leadership, new ideas, and tangible results, guided by the voice of the people, we can lift the economy of the region, stand up for criminal justice reforms, slow the growth of college tuition and student debt, and restore an effective voice in the halls of Congress. So, I ask you to stand with me on Saturday,” Lawrence continued.
The rationale for the above chosen site is threefold.
First, it served as the earliest recorded assembly for support of an election in the nation’s history, dating back to 1733.
Second, the issues underlying that election gave rise to the freedom of press and freedom of religion encoded in the constitution.
Third, they dared to talk about the local issues of their time, challenging the status quo and the “establishment” on the issues that matter.
“There is no greater parallel to our local issues some 283 years later. We need to not only acknowledge some uncomfortable truths of our day, but to summon the determination to confront them. I look forward to having you and your family stand with me, as we kick-off the petition drive to get on the ballot, and then on to victory on June 28, 2016.” Lawrence concluded.