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.

New York City Public Advocate Special election, 2019

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  Jumaane Williams, OWS 2012 (portrait).jpg Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito (6217502867) (cropped 2).jpg
Candidate Jumaane Williams Eric Ulrich Melissa Mark-Viverito
Party It's Time Let's Go Common Sense Fix the MTA
Popular vote 133,809 77,026 44,158
Percentage 33.2% 19.1% 11.0%

Public Advocate before election

Letitia James
Democratic

Elected Public Advocate

Jumaane Williams
Democratic

By statute, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson served as acting Public Advocate for the time between James’ resignation and the inauguration of Jumaane Williams, who won the election.

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.[1]

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

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:[2][3][4][5]

DisqualifiedEdit

  • 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

DeclinedEdit

§ Indicates candidate has withdrawn from race but will still appear on ballot

ResultsEdit

2019 New York City Public Advocate election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Jumaane Williams 133,809 33.2
Nonpartisan Eric Ulrich 77,026 19.1
Nonpartisan Melissa Mark-Viverito 44,158 10.9
Nonpartisan Michael Blake 33,198 8.2
Nonpartisan Ydanis Rodriguez 24,266 6.0
Nonpartisan Dawn Smalls 16,522 4.1
Nonpartisan Rafael Espinal Jr. 12,929 3.2
Nonpartisan Daniel J. O'Donnell 11,477 2.85
Nonpartisan Ron Kim 11,434 2.84
Nonpartisan Benjamin Yee 10,390 2.5
Nonpartisan Nomiki Konst 9,339 2.3
Nonpartisan Helal Sheik 5,179 1.2
Nonpartisan David Eisenbach 3,200 0.79
Nonpartisan A. Manny Alicandro 3,002 0.75
Nonpartisan Anthony Herbert 2,918 0.72
Nonpartisan Latrice Walker § 2,282 0.57
Nonpartisan Jared Rich 938 0.23
Nonpartisan Write-ins 711 0.18
Democratic hold
Total votes 402,778 100

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Public Advocate Race Could Cause Cascade of Elections | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News". WNYC. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Barkan, Ross. "Who Wants To Be NYC's Next Public Advocate?". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "It's New York's Hottest Contest: The Race for Public Advocate (Really)". The New York Times. January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Public Advocate Special Election Ballot Finalized with 17 Candidates". Gotham Gazette. January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Contest List:Special Election Public Advocate" (PDF). New York City Board of Elections. January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "NYC's first lady isn't running for public advocate, but she won't rule out another office". NY1. September 17, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "Quinn 'seriously considered' public advocate, but not running". The Villager. November 26, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2019.