Eric Adams Leads In The New York City Mayoral Democratic Primary

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 24, 2021

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has dropped out of the race to become the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor after coming fourth in the primary election. Adams, a former police captain who for the past seven years has served as Brooklyn borough president, began to separate himself as the frontrunner as the race entered its final months.

Of the top contenders, either Garcia or Wiley would be city's first female mayor if elected. "And I am not going to be mayor of New York City based on the numbers that have come in tonight", the 46-year-old told supporters.

The winning Democrat will face Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, a volunteer organisation that carries out unarmed anti-crime patrols. He beat businessman Fernando Mateo.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took the lead in the Democratic primary for New York City's mayoral race Tuesday, but it will still take weeks to produce an official victor. For now, Maya Wiley sits in second place, followed by Kathryn Garcia. She is a left-wing progressive candidate who has received support from rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Kathryn Garcia, who was head of New York's sanitation department, is in third place with almost 20%.

"This has been an unbelievable journey", Adams told reporters after voting in Brooklyn, emotionally recounting how his path into both law enforcement and politics began at age 15, when he was beaten by police officers. He later added, "But there's something else we know that New York City said, 'Our first choice is Eric Adams'". "And to be honest, we're not going to know more tonight than we know now", she said referring to the ranked-choice system.

Besides Adams, Garcia, Wiley and Yang, other contenders in the Democratic contest include City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire and nonprofit executive Dianne Morales.

Mr Adams is so far well short of the 50% of first-choice votes needed for him to be the outright victor under the ranked preference voting system.

The ranked preference voting system works by eliminating the candidate who comes last and redistributing the ballots cast for them to voters' second choice candidate. This process is repeated until a candidate passes the 50% threshold.

Almost 800,000 votes have been counted from more than 80% of voting precincts.

What are the key issues?

The Brooklyn borough president, who is Black, has put public safety at the forefront of his campaign.

Unemployment, homelessness, shootings and homicides have all surged since the coronavirus struck.

NY saw murders rise by 14% and shootings by 50% in the first three months of 2021 compared to the same period past year.

Sliwa does not have much of a chance to win the November general election in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 7 to 1.

The pandemic, demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 and attacks on Asian Americans have also highlighted the extent of racial inequalities in the city of 8.5 million.

New York's first new mayor in eight years will have to contend with projected budget gaps of several billion dollars each in the next few years.

In a race that began in the midst of the pandemic, and ended as the city saw a spike in gun violence, the former cop ran hard on a promise to reform policing while fighting crime.

"The debate around policing has been reduced to a false choice: You are either with police, or you are against them", he said on his campaign website. "We need the NYPD - we just need them to be better".

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