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Donovan Richards

Donovan Richards is the Council member for the 31st District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat.

Donovan Richards
Member of the New York City Council from the 31st District
Assumed office
February 20, 2013
Preceded byJames Sanders, Jr.
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
WebsiteOfficial website

The district includes portions of Arverne, Bayswater, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Howard Beach, Jamaica, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Laurelton, Rockaway Beach, Rosedale, South Ozone Park and Springfield Gardens in Queens.

Life and careerEdit

Richards was born and raised in southeast Queens. When he was young, he served with a mission in Port-a-Prince, Haiti on behalf of St. Albans Congregational Church.

New York City CouncilEdit

In June 2011, Richards became the chief of staff for New York City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., and when Sanders was elected to the New York State Senate, Richards won a 2013 special election to succeed him. Richards was appointed chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection.[citation needed] Richards was appointed to be the chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises.[citation needed]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 31
2013 Special √ Donovan Richards 29.11%
Pesach Osina 28.24%
Jacques Leandre 13.38%
Michael R. Duncan 11.18%
Selvena Brooks 11.14%
Marie Adam-Ovide 2.08%
Saywala Kesselly 1.87%
NYC Council
District 31
2013 Democratic Primary √ Donovan Richards 51.60%
Michael R. Duncan 35.83%
Ricardo A. Brown 12.57%
NYC Council
District 31
2013 General √ Donovan Richards (D) 91.77%
Scherie S. Murray (R) 5.45%
Ricardo A. Brown (Jobs & Education) 2.68%

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Sanders, Jr.
New York City Council, 31st District