Powell plans campaign kickoff for Feb. 25

Adam Clayton Powell IV will kick off his congressional campaign with a fund-raiser on Feb. 25, at the Poet’s Den Theater and Gallery, at 108th Street in Manhattan.  He also unveiled a campaign website.

By Azi Paybarah, Capital New York

Adam Clayton Powell IV will kick off his congressional campaign with a fund-raiser on Feb. 25, at the Poet’s Den Theater and Gallery, at 108th Street in Manhattan, he said in an email to supporters.

Powell also unveiled a campaign website, featuring a photograph of himself alongside at least two other prospective candidates: Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem, and David Paterson, the former governor who represented Harlem as a state senator.

Powell is making his third bid for the Upper Manhattan congressional seat being vacated next year by Rep. Charlie Rangel, who has said he will retire following his 23rd term. Rangel was elected to Congress in 1970, after defeating Powell’s father in a contentious primary.

The younger Powell, who served in the City Council and State Assembly, unsuccessfully challenged Rangel in 1994 and again in 2010. In 2012, Powell endorsed Rangel for re-election.

Other candidates expected to enter the race are State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who challenged Rangel in the last two primaries; Rev. Michael Waldron, an associate of the Rev. Al Sharpton and who also challenged Rangel in 2014; and Clyde Williams, a Democratic operative who theTimes endorsed against Rangel in 2012.

View Powell's campaign site here: http://bit.ly/1F78gBx