PTAHRA JEPPE, Esq.
As a native Brooklynite, born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, I know that Jo Anne Simon is a tireless leader. I couldn’t find any disability rights lawyer to represent me until I met Jo Anne. Since then, she has been my mentor, a dear friend, and has helped me fulfill my goal of becoming an attorney. I know first-hand that she cares about people and about community, and that she is what Brooklyn needs right now.
“Brooklynites are ready for Jo Anne Simon to be Brooklyn’s first female Borough President!”
CLAIRE T. McCue, MSW, M.Phil.
Jo Anne is an experienced grassroots community leader and a proven champion for women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and the disability community. She is true to her values and has a deep connection to the communities she serves. She actively listens to and learns from the experiences of her constituents. I met Jo Anne while I was doing gun violence prevention after the school shooting at Parkland. Jo Anne passed a “red flag” law to prevent tragedies like this, and the NRA has targeted her for it. Jo Anne Simon has a tremendous amount of courage and grace.
Claire is the Project Leader, Eradicating Gender Based Violence, Women’s Justice NOW; Community Organizer, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School NYC Alumni Group.
I met Jo Anne through her work in the community, and she has shown that she is an effective leader who can build consensus on complicated issues. She has proven herself to be a deeply committed and thoughtful advocate and legislator. She has accomplished so much in the state legislature in such a short time. We need her vision here in Brooklyn to unite us and lead us during this difficult time.
Former Assemblymember, 52nd AD
As a community advocate, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Jo Anne Simon over the last sixteen years. Her experience in development, transportation, employment and disability rights — to name just a few — make Jo Anne one of the most knowledgeable people I know in public office. But what’s most important is that she knows Brooklyn, and as Borough President, will bring the leadership our communities need to get back on their feet.
Gib is a member of the board of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, and Brooklyn Community Board 8.
MARY J. GOODWIN-OQUENDO, Esq.
Jo Anne possesses the authenticity, experience, and passion needed to truly unite Brooklyn. She has fought tirelessly for Brooklynites, advocating for quality public education, affordable housing, environmental justice, health care, small businesses, and criminal justice reform.
Congress looked to Jo Anne when it needed someone to testify on the Americans with Disabilities Act over a decade ago. We’ll need her leadership as Borough President while Brooklyn deals with the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary attended James Madison High School.