Moderate politician and former police chief Eric Adams has won the Democratic primary to run for mayor in New York. That stated the AP news agency Tuesday evening (US time) after counting the absent ballots. This preliminary result shows that his opponents can no longer catch up with Adams. Behind Adams, top official Kathryn Garcia finished with 8,400 votes less, a margin of just 1 percentage point.
Adams, currently borough president of Brooklyn, was the first choice of 31 percent of voters. The New York Times called the primaries one of the most important elections of this generation. The number of registered Democrats in the city is by far in the majority, so there is a high chance that the Democratic mayoral candidate will win the election in November.
This new mayor must lead New York in economic progress after the corona crisis and is charged with reducing gun violence in the city. The number of homicides increased by 30 percent in the past year from 2019 and in the first half of 2021, the bloodshed increased by another 24 percent. Adams was the only Democrat primaries candidate with a police background. If he wins the November election, he will become New York’s second black mayor. He has put city security at the top of his agenda and wants to reintroduce the ‘stop and search policy’. This is a controversial policing method among progressive Democrats, as non-white citizens are arrested relatively more often.
According to Adams wasn’t it just any campaign; it was “a movement of working-class New Yorkers in all five boroughs advocating for a safer, stronger and healthier city.” Current mayor Bill de Blasio (Democratic Party) was elected in 2013. After two terms, he could not be re-elected in this election. From a poll by Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos in early June it appeared that the New Yorkers were no longer very enthusiastic about their mayor. De Blasio’s work was approved by 49 percent of New Yorkers in October. In June this was still 37 percent.
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