Councilwoman Martinez Forges Long-Shot Write-In Candidacy Against Anti-Vaxxer Simmons

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Eneida Martinez with Ernie Newton.

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….



  1. Wanda Simmons, this election in the 139th district is not about Eneida Martinez and Ernie Newton, it is now about you Wanda, being a anti-vaxer. I got my booster COVID-19 vaccine and I guess whatever you think is wrong with the COVID-19 vaccine it’s in me but there’s one thing I know, is that there is a great chance that I won’t be a COVID-19 spreader, now can you tell the voters in the 139th district the same thing?

  2. Comrade, you’re on point. With cases and deaths increasing, being a Republican, Trump’s stance on anti-vaccination, and it was relatively a close race. Martinez can make a race of it even as a written candidate.

    From what I read and seen in the media about Trump, R’s anti-Anti-vaccination stance/supporter. Wanda might as well be wearing a MAGA hat.

    I don’t think Martinez is going to capitalize on Wanda’s stance on vaccinations. I don’t know her fundraising ability with the right messaging and campaigning. Even as a written candidate Councilwoman Martinez may be able to pull off a win by painting Wanda as the R’s, white supremacy, Foxnews, Tucker Carlson anti-vaccination supporter.

    However, it seems it going to be the same mud slanging campaign via Facebook.

    Anti-vaccination is not a Democrat position.

    Time will tell though, specifically Nov 2

    P.S speaking of spoons. 🙂

  3. Wanda,you should be ashamed of yourself.I’m not arguing to get the shot or not,that truly is your decision, but for you to go out campaigning,shaking hands,going into people’s houses,etc,and not having the common decency to disclose that you aren’t vaccinated??? What kind of a person does this??.

    1. Even Vaccinated candidates need to practice safe social distance while campaigning. I hope they candidates are not out their with the vaccine thinking that they can shake hands, kiss babies and go inside someone’s home without a mask? What are the vaccinated candidates doing Lenny?

  4. The claustrophobic conditions of COVID 19 have perhaps been background so that combined with people who have discovered fundamental values such as the right to say no to government mandates, and others who feel that there is so much change in the air that it is time to run for office. Today, I saw Devon Brown sign an application to become a write in candidate in the 139th District.
    That makes seven candidates in the 139th including the two ‘write ins’: Devon Brown and Eneida Martinez.

    With three weeks to go and the weather fine, a lot of door knocking is anticipated, and likely a higher vote count when the dust settles. Roads are getting paved, Brown notes and he sees signs of larger real estate values in action currently. Higher prices provide opportunity for those with property to sell or further develop the neighborhood. Devon grew up in the East End, attending Edison, Dunbar and Harding before moving on to Housatonnic and Southern CT. He has developed a real estate practice around management to produce income streams for owners.
    He can be seen riding one of his bicycles in town. It provides him a genuine street level view, slow enough for the images to be really seen, yet fast enough to keep him steadily moving forward. As he noted today, “In real estate, you need to see something first, before you can seize the opportunity to profit from it.” You can stop and meet folks and talk about what is on their minds. He has been watching for opportunities while COVID has raged. People in the 139th should be excited to know that so many people are interested in the 139th at this time. Three weeks or so is not too long for time to tell.


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