By Sam Bojarski

Residents of northern Staten Island will elect a new city council representative next year, with term limits preventing current Councilmember Deborah Rose from running again. Thirty-year-old Phillipe-Edner Apostal-Marius is running in a crowded field that already includes at least eight candidates

While Marius, a Haitian-American, did not collect the necessary number of valid signatures to make it onto the ballot for the previous election in 2017, his campaign has received a boost this summer, with an endorsement from the Staten Island Progressive Action Network (SIPAN) – a dual chapter of New York Progressive Action Network and Our Revolution, which work to elect progressive political candidates. 

Phil Marius, near the Staten Island Ferry dock. Photo by Leonardo March

Marius, an activist and founding member of the Staten Island Democratic Socialists of America branch, plans to run in the city council race as a Democrat. SIPAN is the first major organization to endorse the Marius campaign. 

“This endorsement definitely shows that there are people living in the district, right, who are politically engaged and who believe in the values of the North Shore New Deal,” said Marius, a resident of the Stapleton neighborhood, who works as a community liaison for Democratic state Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, who represents Manhattan. 


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Sam Bojarski

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...