Falling short in her primary reelection requiring a recount, East End City Councilwoman Eneida Martinez is waging an unlikely general election write-in effort to keep her East End seat against anti-vaxxer Wanda Simmons who is recovering from covid.
Diagnosed with covid just days after the primary in which she came in close proximity with numerous people without disclosing her aversion to the vaccine on the campaign trail, Simmons is holding her ground about vaccination. She recently posted this on her Facebook page:
I have natural immunity.. I don’t need this vaccine.. I Wii NOT be shamed, bullied, harassed and mandated!!!
So much for “natural immunity” warding off covid.
Simmons and Martinez had quite a go at it on social media during the campaign. Simmons blasted Martinez for her management of a neighborhood night club where a man was shot and killed. But Simmons’ anti-vax disclosure after the fact has added a new wrinkle into the race and the potential exposure she placed on constituents.
Martinez’s running partner Ernie Newton, who received the most votes among four candidates, used his public position to promote vaccine effectiveness.
Martinez’s chances are remote, Simmons will appear on both the Democratic and Working Families Party lines–but her write-in candidacy keeps the focus on Simmons’ disregard for public health and fitness to serve as she prepares to take her council seat early December.
From Martinez on Facebook:
This will be what the ballot will look like…Scroll to the bottom and write my name in..
November 2, 2021….Will announce approval after Tuesday….I can’t let the community fall apart w/poor decision leadership….
Meanwhile still recovering from her covid sickbed, Simmons fired back:
I’m not going to drag my community into a dirty political campaign. I do NOT support Ernie Newton because he is complicit in holding Enedia accountable for the HARM and destruction she continues to cause in our community!! They both have slandered my name and family and I don’t appreciate it!!
People hold them to a higher standard and VOTE definitely!!!
I WON the Democratic Primary 234 VOTES. Ernie has me BLOCKED and continues to co sign on all the negative things enedia is doing. Ernie and I have always had a love hate relationship and we have fought often but I have NEVER disrespected him like he and enedia continue to do on social media..
We all are dealing with so much and I will NOT participate in harmful rhetoric over politics!! I Love my community and know WE ARE BETTER than THIS…
It’s time to send them a message in your VOTE. I’m so sorry elections are not about community issues and improvement but personal attacks .
Ernie I’m disgusted by your actions!!! Enedia is TOXIC and needs to be in JAIL for abusing her power and exploiting our youth.
You promote Filth and are a danger to our youth! You are NOT someone whom our children should aspire to be. Go get some mental health therapy because you are a woman that’s on assignment from hell.. I was you and God changed my Life…
Evil is what you are
Wanda and I have engaged in our own exchange on Facebook. Here’s a sampling:
Wanda, you didn’t campaign as an anti-vaxxer. You lose your primary race had you done so. So every person you touched, or came within close contact, during the campaign did not know about your hidden position and agenda about public health. How many people have you gotten sick? Did you tell your running mate you are against vaccination? Why did you not disclose your position against vaccination? You claim vaccination is a choice. What choice did the people of the East End have when coming in contact with you?
Lennie Grimaldi you have written a piece of garbage about me.. your commentary is filled with LIES. If you have any coof about you my page is filled with my values and posts on many topics.
I WON period. I don’t need you trying to tell me WHAT I should have run my campaign on..
You are a political hack and I am going to have just as much fun being the leader in my community…
You know Nothing about me except what you assume!!!
I’m not mad just find it hilarious the misinformation you have spread about me…
To late to ask questions AFTER you print your Garbage piece!!!
Wanda, you became a public health hazard to the people you claim to represent. Why did you not disclose on the campaign trail you personally oppose vaccination? Isn’t that something your constituents deserve to know rather than potentially making them ill?
Lennie Grimaldi and I’m NOT an Anti Vaxxer. I’m a CHOICE voice. If you want it I will get it to you as the representative of my community If you DON’T I support your decision as well…
Why didn’t you tell people on the campaign trail you were not vaccinated?
Did you tell running mate Victoria Majewski you were not vaxed?
Did you tell people knocking on doors you were not vaxed?
Did you tell people coming into contact with primary night you were not vaxed?
Lennie Grimaldi For all I know I could have gotten it from a fully vaccinated individual. There are NO protections because you are vaxed…
Now I will educate you dear.
Wait for it because it’s coming and you can print it!! Deal? Thanks..
Rebuttal coming 👍😎
And there are no protections from you…period.
Lennie Grimaldi you mad.. 🤣🤣😎😎
You simply decided I don’t care if I make you ill.
Why not just tell people from the start I am not vaxed?
Why wait until you’re covid positive?
You’re funny.. the ignore is astonishing I used to believe you had intelligence but your intolerant rants are sad..
Tootles. I’ll be back.. I have to go use the toilet 🤣😎
How many children, adults, senior citizens, campaign workers, constituents came in contact with you while you were covid positive?
Are you now back in the hospital for a second time?
Lennie Grimaldi I have NO MORE for you.. you are like I said… I’m going to the potty😎
Hospital or home?
All you had to do is tell people I don’t personally believe in vaccination. I am not vaccinated. That way they can make an informed decision.
Instead, you hid it from public view while touching, embracing, handshaking who knows how many people who didn’t know.