Mount Vernon’s judicial hopefuls

In Mount Vernon, the Westchester municipality with the most murders this year (and last), three women are trying to make an impact on the criminal justice system by running for city court judge.

The candidates are sitting Judge Helen Blackwood, city defense lawyer Tamika Coverdale and city deputy corporation counsel Nichelle Johnson.

All three women will run in the Sept. 15 Democratic primary. Blackwood, who had been Mount Vernon’s Corporation Counsel, was appointed to the bench in January to replace retired judge Brenda Dowery-Rodriquez.

Regardless of the outcome, Johnson’s name will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot because she secured the Conservative and Independent lines.

Good luck to all!

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.