Let the journey begin.
Navy combat veteran and cyber security expert, Bernadette Semple is ready to lead once again with her first foray into politics: battling Malcolm Smith as well as two attorneys in a heated primary for control of SD 14 in south Queens. Oh, did we mention Leroy Comrie is also a possibility?
Read more about her below.
[From NYDN] A 48-year-old Navy veteran who saw combat in the Horn of Africa is wading into the hostile waters of southeastern Queens politics.
Cyber security expert Bernadette Semple has added her name to the growing field of candidates planning to take on embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith in the Democratic primary.
“This district needs a fresh start,” said Semple, who grew up in the Astoria Houses before her family moved to Laurelton.
“You have some people who are greedy and selfish,” Semple said, without naming names. “They only want to help their friends and certain interest groups.”
Semple, one of 10 children, said her biggest strength is that she is “not a politician.”
It’s been almost a year since Smith was arrested by federal authorities for his role in a scheme to bribe GOP officials to back him in a potential Mayoral bid. He pleaded not guilty.
Earlier this year, Smith announced he would be seeking re-election.
For the full article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/navy-vet-bid-office-queens-article-1.1724873