Eric Adams, a retired captain in the New York Police Department, has emerged as the favorite for the NYC mayoral race, after Andrew Yang conceded on Tuesday.
Early results showed Yang, a former presidential candidate, in a distant fourth place among more than a dozen Democrats seeking their party’s nomination, Reuters reports.
“I am a numbers guy,” Yang, once seen as the front-runner, told supporters. “And I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City based on upon the numbers that have come in tonight. I am conceding this race.”
Leading the race is Eric Adams, a retired captain in the New York Police Department. Perhaps prematurely, he announced he was a winner while speaking to his supporters.
“New York City said, ‘Our first choice is Eric Adams,'” he stated, although the city has yet to count absentee ballots, a process that is scheduled to begin on June 28.
Adams served as an officer in the New York City Transit Police and then the New York City Police Department for over two decades, retiring at the rank of captain.
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He served in the New York State Senate from 2006 to 2013, representing the 20th Senate district in Brooklyn. In November 2013, Adams was elected Brooklyn Borough President, the first African American to hold the position, and was reelected in November 2017.
He is a top fund-raiser among Democrats in the race, second only to Raymond McGuire in terms of the amount raised.
Adams’ platform is seen to be conservative for a Democrat, particularly his advocacy for policing, though his platform includes “an expanded local tax credit for low-income families, investment in underperforming schools, and improvements to public housing.”
Along with public safety, public health and the economy are cited as his campaign’s top priorities.
In 2016, Adams became a vegan after his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. He made lifestyle changes rather than pursuing traditional treatments for diabetes. He switched to a whole food plant-based diet, removing animal products, processed sugar, salt, oil and processed starches.
In October 2020, Adams published “Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses,” a book about his health journey that advocates for healthier lifestyles.
The Democratic mayoral nominee is expected to be determined by mid-July and, with Republicans barely putting up a fight, is heavily favored to win the general election in November.
Adams’s closest arrivals, according to the ballots counted, are former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley.
CNN says the winner will be charged with guiding the city into a new era, up and out from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.