Unemployed single mother runs as Republican in Assembly District 70

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Heather Tarrant takes the subway to the Metropolitan Republican Club, hoping to raise money for her campaign. Credit: Somayeh Malekian/The North Polls

By Somayeh Malekian

Heather Tarrant introduces herself on her flyers as a candidate of the Independence and Reform parties before listing herself as a Republican. She is running for Assembly District 70 seat in Central Harlem.

Democrat incumbent Keith Wright, who currently holds the seat, is stepping down after losing his bid to take over Charlie Rangel’s congressional post. Tarrant’s rival in the November general election is City Councilwoman Inez Dickens, a Democrat.

Tarrant, who declined to give her age, is a single mother of a daughter and has lived in Central Harlem since 1999.

She got her bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Rochester in the 1990s. She worked in marketing at different financial companies on Wall Street. However, she resigned after 9/11, after getting asthma and not feeling comfortable with the security conditions at her workplace. She tried to become an actress, but was not successful. Tarrant is currently unemployed.

There is no financial filing listed in the state Board of Elections Financial Disclosure Database for Tarrant.

“I am not running to lose. I am running to give people a chance to choose. Otherwise, it would be just Democrats making decisions for people,” Tarrant said.

Campaign platform

  • Pro Choice
  • Pro Black Lives Matter
  • Pro Student
  • Pro Small Business
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