Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President, won the Democratic Primary in New York City‘s mayoral election. The Democratic Primary implemented ranked-choice voting–a system where voters rank candidates from most to least preferred, and the candidate who has the most top rankings wins.
As of Tuesday evening, Adams had a lead of one point over his closest rival, Kathryn Garcia, according to the latest count of ballots. The Associated Press declared Adams the winner of the race shortly after a new round of vote totals was released.
“I grew up poor in Brooklyn and Queens. I wore a bulletproof vest to keep my neighbors safe. I served my community as a state senator and Brooklyn borough president,” Adams said in a statement shared on Twitter. “And I’m honored to be the Democratic nominee to be the mayor of the city I’ve always called home.”
Adams was previously a police captain before transitioning into a career in politics. Adams worked as a police officer for over 20 years before becoming an NY state senator in 2006.
As the nation recovers from a tumultuous year where the massive losses of the COVID-19 Pandemic coalesced with public outrage and demonstrations over police violence, Adams campaigned on the notion that his experience with the city’s law enforcement gave him a nuanced relationship to these issues, putting him in the best position of any of the candidates to solve them.
As the election was heating up in May–when the vaccine had become available and more people were able to give their full attention to the mayoral candidates–Adams drove home this aspect of his platform when asked about his thoughts on the rising crime rates in New York:
“You stand in the shallow part of the pool, I’m going into the deep water,” Adams said. “I don’t want a system that responds to people after a crisis exists. And so I communicate with them and they sit down and talk. Some people are so far on the fringe, they don’t want to talk with you. But others know, ‘Listen Eric, we’ve known you for 35 years. We know you’ve been a leading voice of police reform.”
Eric Adams is the favorite to be NYC’s next mayor
Adams’ win in the democratic primary makes him the favorite to be NYC’s next mayor. The republican nominee, Curtis Silwa, had less a fraction of Adams’ and the other democrats voter turn-out in his respective primary.
Adams made a statement addressing his victory and reiterated his commitment to the working-class, blue collar population of New York, a demographic he won over overwhelmingly compared to the other democratic candidates, especially in the Bronx and Brooklyn boroughs. If Adams were to win the election, he would be the second African American mayor in New York’s history.
“While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City,” Adams said.
“Now we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers.”