2019 New York City Public Advocate special election
The 2019 New York City Public Advocate special election was held on February 26, 2019, to fill part of the unexpired term of Letitia James's vacated seat as New York City Public Advocate. It was triggered on January 1, 2019, when James resigned to take office as Attorney General of New York.
As with all special elections in New York City, it was officially nonpartisan, and candidates who file for the race must create a unique party line that will be displayed on the ballot. Later in 2019, a partisan primary and a November general election will be held to complete the remaining years of James' term.
Following ballot petition challenges and appeals, the Board of Elections certified the subsequent list of candidates that are in chronological order of petition filings, along with their unique party lines, and will appear on the ballot in this sequence:
- Melissa Mark-Viverito (Fix the MTA), former Democratic Speaker of the New York City Council
- Michael Blake (For The People), Democratic New York State Assemblymember and a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee
- Dawn Smalls (No More Delays), attorney
- Eric Ulrich (Common Sense), Republican New York City Councilmember
- Ydanis Rodríguez (Unite Immigrants), Democratic New York City Councilmember
- Danny O'Donnell (Equality For All), Democratic New York State Assemblymember
- Rafael Espinal (Livable City), Democratic New York City Councilmember and former State Assemblymember
- Latrice Walker § (Power Forward), Democratic New York State Assemblymember
- Jumaane Williams (It's Time Let's Go), Democratic New York City Councilmember and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2018
- Ron Kim (No Amazon), Democratic New York State Assemblymember
- Benjamin Yee (Community Strong), activist
- Manny Alicandro (Better Leaders), lawyer
- Nomiki Konst (Pay Folks More), activist and journalist
- David Eisenbach (Stop REBNY), professor and Democratic candidate for Public Advocate in 2017
- Jared Rich (Jared Rich for NYC), attorney
- Anthony Herbert (Residents First), activist
- Helal Skeikh (Friends of Helal), former Democratic City Council candidate
- Theo Chino, bitcoin entrepreneur
- Ifeoma Ike, activist
- Walter Iwachiw, perennial candidate
- Abbey Laurel-Smith, artist
- Danniel Maio, business owner
- Gary Popkin, professor
- Michael Zumbluskas, activist
- Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
- Christine Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council
§ Indicates candidate has withdrawn from race but will still appear on ballot
|Nonpartisan||Rafael Espinal Jr.||12,929||3.2|
|Nonpartisan||Daniel J. O'Donnell||11,477||2.85|
|Nonpartisan||A. Manny Alicandro||3,002||0.75|
|Nonpartisan||Latrice Walker §||2,282||0.57|
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