Nicole Paultre Bell will be outside the Municipal Building this morning, picking up endorsements from a number of unions and elected officials. The 26-year-old, whose fiance Sean Bell was killed in a fusillade of police gunfire hours before their wedding in 2006, is running for a City Council seat in Queens that was left vacant when Councilman Thomas White died in August. She told the NY Times last week, “In a million years, I never would have imagined this would have happened to my family. But I’m a strong woman trying to persevere — this was my calling."

According to a press release, those appearing alongside Paultre Bell this morning are Rep. Gregory Meeks, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Bill Deblasio, Councilman James Sanders, and Councilwoman Letitia James, as well as the Working Families Party, Hotel Trades Council, 1199 SEIU, 32BJ, United Federation of Teachers, and RWDSU—plus the Reverend Al Sharpton, who has been an adviser to her and the Bells since the shooting. Sharpton actually was against the idea of her running for Council and tried to talk her out of it because "politics can get ugly."

de Blasio explained his support for the college sophomore and mother of two, "She’d be a voice we rarely have in public life, someone who represents the grass roots. There are so many people suffering, and not enough leaders who can directly relate to that." Of course, Paultre Bell needs to move to the 28th District by Election Day—she currently lives in Far Rockaway.