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Karim Camara

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Preceded by  Clarence Norman Jr.
Name  Karim Camara
Political party  Democratic
Spouse  Orelia Merchant (m. 2005)

Children  two
Party  Democratic Party
Profession  politician
Succeeded by  Diana Richardson
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Born  June 3, 1971 (age 44) Crown Heights, Brooklyn (1971-06-03)
Residence  Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Alma mater  Xavier University of Louisiana New York Theological Seminary
Education  Xavier University of Louisiana, New York Theological Seminary

Assemblyman karim camara

Karim Camara (born June 3, 1971) is politician and former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, where he represented the 43rd Assembly District which includes parts of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush. He is the founding and senior pastor of the Abundant Life Church in Brooklyn and was previously the executive pastor of First Baptist Church of Crown Heights. He was first elected to the State Assembly in a November 2005 special election to replace Clarence Norman Jr. In February 2015, he vacated his seat to become executive director of the Office of Faith-Based Community Development.


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Early life and education

A native of Brooklyn, Camara (born Karim Abdur-Razzaq) spent most of his childhood living in the Assembly District he now represents. He also spent formative years both in Queens and on a farm in Westtown, New York (Orange County).

He graduated from Brooklyn Friends School in 1988. He went on to attain his B.A. in English Literature and Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Divinity from the New York Theological Seminary.

Early career and personal life

He was the fundraising director for the Cush Campus Schools in Brooklyn of which his mother is a founder and the principal.

Camara resides in Brooklyn with his wife Orelia E. Merchant, an assistant US attorney and their two children.

Election results

  • November 2005 special election, NYS Assembly, 43rd AD
  • November 2006 general election, NYS Assembly, 43rd AD
  • November 2008 general election, NYS Assembly, 43rd AD
  • November 2010 general election, NYS Assembly, 43rd AD
  • References

    Karim Camara Wikipedia

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