2013 New York City Public Advocate election

The 2013 New York City Public Advocate election was held on November 5, 2013, along with elections for the Mayor, Comptroller, Borough Presidents, and members of the New York City Council. Incumbent Democratic Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, serving his first term, ran for Mayor of New York City rather than seek re-election.

2013 New York City Public Advocate election

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Candidate Letitia James Robert Maresca
Party Democratic Conservative
Alliance Working Families
Popular vote 770,764 112,967
Percentage 83.6% 12.2%

Borough results
James:      50–60%      80–90%      >90%

Public Advocate before election

Bill de Blasio

Elected Public Advocate

Letitia James

The Democratic Party held its primary on September 10, and since no candidate reached 40%, a runoff was held on October 1 between the top two candidates, Councilwoman Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron. James won the runoff to become the Democratic nominee.[1][2]

The Republican Party did not nominate a candidate. In the general election, James faced Green Party nominee James Lane and Conservative nominee Robert Maresca as well as various minor party candidates.

James won the general election in a landslide.[3]

Democratic primaryEdit





The runoff between Letitia James and Daniel Squadron was characterized as bitter by most of the media outlets that covered it.[5][6][7]


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Other Undecided
Marist August 12–14, 2013 355 ± 5.2% 12% 16% 3% 12% 2% 6% 49%
Marist June 17–21, 2013 689 ± 4% 16% 17% 8% 4% <1% 54%

Primary resultsEdit

2013 New York City Public Advocate Election Democratic Primary Results [8] 99% of precincts reporting
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Letitia James 191,347 36.1
Democratic Daniel Squadron 178,151 33.6
Democratic Reshma Saujani 76,983 14.5
Democratic Cathy Guerriero 69,025 13
Democratic Sidique Wai 14,409 2.7
2013 New York City Public Advocate Election Democratic Primary Runoff Results [9] 99.8% of precincts reporting
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Letitia James 119,604 59.1
Democratic Daniel Squadron 83,043 40.9

Republican primaryEdit

No Republican candidate filed to run for the office.

Major third partiesEdit

Besides the two main parties, the Conservative, Green, Independence and Working Families parties are qualified New York parties. These parties have automatic ballot access.



  • Robert Maresca



  • James Lane, an internet media professional and Green Party activist. In 2013 he ran for New York City Public Advocate and in 2015 he ran for Congress against the Republican candidate Dan Donovan who was the District Attorney that failed to indict anyone in the killing of Eric Garner. He is a member of the Adoptee Rights, Black Lives Matter and Stop Mass Incarceration movements. His current titles include: Director of Analytics & Implementation, GroupM and Editor-in-Chief, Hot Indie News

Working FamiliesEdit


Minor third partiesEdit

The following parties without automatic ballot access succeeded in petitioning onto the ballot:



  • Michael K. Lloyd



  • Alex Merced, author, columnist, and blogger[11]

Socialist WorkerEdit


  • Deborah O. Liatos

Students FirstEdit


  • Mollena G. Fabricant

War VeteransEdit


  • Irene Estrada

General Election resultsEdit

2013 New York City Public Advocate General Election Results [12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Letitia James 761,058 77.87%
Working Families Letitia James 53,821 5.51%
Total Letitia James 814,879 83.37%
Conservative Robert Maresca 119,768 12.25%
Green James Lane 16,974 1.74%
Libertarian Alex Merced 10,419 1.07%
Socialist Workers Deborah O. Liatos 5,114 0.52%
War Veterans Irene Estrada 4,216 0.43%
Students First Mollina G. Fabricant 2,391 0.24%
Freedom Party Michael K. Lloyd 1,799 0.18%
Total votes 975,560 100%


  1. ^ "Election Dates". Vote.nyc.ny.us. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "James Defeats Squadron In Democratic Public Advocate Runoff". NY1. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ CBS New York
  4. ^ a b "Primary Election Day: Primary Rundown". nyunews.com. September 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Taylor, Kate (September 25, 2013). "NY/Region: Bitter Tone in Debate Between Public Advocate Rivals". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Letitia James defeats Daniel Squadron in Democratic runoff for public advocate". NY Daily News.
  7. ^ "James' Runoff Win Likely To Shape Council Speaker Race". NY1. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Staten Island, New York City Primary Night returns". slive.com. September 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "NYC Public Advocate Runoff Results". October 1, 2013. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Working Families Party Backs Brooklyn CM Letitia James For NYC Public Advocate | New York Daily News". Nydailynews.com. May 9, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "About Alex Merced - AlexMerced.Com - Libertarianism, Economics, and Knowledge". Alexmerced.squarespace.com. February 22, 1999. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Statement and Return Report for Certification" (PDF). Retrieved January 2, 2014.

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