Eric Adams, a former police captain, won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City after appealing to the political center and promising to strike the right balance between fighting crime and ending racial injustice in the police force.
Adams would be the city’s second black mayor if elected. He triumphed over a large field in New York’s first major race to use qualifying voting.
As of Tuesday night, Adams held a one-point lead over her closest rival, Kathryn Garcia, according to the latest vote tally. The Associated Press declared Adams, the winner of the race shortly after a new round of vote totals was posted.
“I grew up in poverty in Brooklyn and Queens. I was wearing a bulletproof vest to protect my neighbors. I served my community as a state senator and president of the borough of Brooklyn, “Adams said in a statement. shared On twitter. “And I am honored to be the Democratic candidate for mayor of the city I have always called home.”
Tuesday’s updated vote count included about 125,000 absentee votes. In-person and early voting was previously released on June 29, when Adams was in the lead.
The winner of the Democratic primary is likely to win the mayoral election proper in November, given the city’s left-wing politics and an unannounced Republican opponent. Curtis Sliwa, radio host and founder of the volunteer crime prevention group Guardian Angels, won the Republican primary.
Adams’s closest defeated rivals included Garcia, the city’s former sanitation commissioner who campaigned as a technocrat and solved problems, and former City Council legal counsel Maya Wiley, who had progressive support that included the endorsement of Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez.
Andrew Yang, the 2020 presidential candidate known for his universal basic income proposition, was an early favorite, but faded in the race.
Adams, 60, is a moderate Democrat who opposed the “police defunding” movement. “We are not going to recover as a city if we go back in time and see an increase in violence, particularly gun violence,” Adams said after three people, including a four-year-old boy, were shot and injured in Times Square in May.
“If the lives of blacks really matter, it can’t just be against police abuse. It has to be against the violence that is destroying our communities, ”he told his followers on the night of the primaries.
Adams frequently speaks of his dual identity as a 22-year police veteran and a black man who suffered police brutality himself as a teenager. He said officers had beaten him at age 15. He became a police officer in 1984 and rose to the rank of captain before running for the state Senate in 2006.
While in the police department, he co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, a group that campaigned for criminal justice reform and against racial profiling. After winning a seat in the Brooklyn state senate in 2006, Adams made an impression with a passionate speech in favor of same-sex marriage rights in 2009, two years before New York state legislators approved a bill. of law of equality in marriage.
Adams also resisted some controversy, including a 2010 report from the state inspector general criticizing his oversight of the bidding process to bring the casino game to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. Adams had accepted campaign contributions from a politically connected group bidding on the gambling franchise.
Adams was elected in 2013 as Brooklyn Borough President, his current job.
The city’s first experience with ranked-choice voting in a major election was bumpy. The New York City Board of Elections invited further criticism Tuesday when it released the results after 7 pm local time, having previously promised to release the totals at “brunch hours.”
The delay came after the board managed to plunge the Democratic primary race into chaos last week, when it mistakenly included 135,000 “test ballots” in its vote tally.
The bug showed Kathryn Garcia, a former New York sanitation commissioner, bridging the gap with Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President, to less than two points.
Hours later, however, the electoral board said it had learned of a “discrepancy” in its report. The electoral board said its calculations had included “both test results and election night results, yielding approximately 135,000 additional registrations.”
The mistake sowed confusion around the ranked-choice voting system, which was first used in New York City’s mayoral elections this year.
Adams, Garcia and Wiley filed lawsuits last week seeking the right to review the count of ranked options.
Wiley said in a statement Tuesday that the board “must be completely rebuilt after what can only be described as a debacle.” As for herself, she said her campaign would soon have more to say about “next steps.”
On Tuesday morning, as voters speculated when the second batch of results would be released, the electoral board adopted a simplistic tone on its Twitter account.
“We promise that today’s launch is more special for brunch than club hours.” the BoE tweeted. That tweet was sent at 8:48 a.m. M., But I had already far exceeded most people’s definition of brunch hours when the results finally came in.