Former police officer Eric Adams, 60, won the Democratic primary for New York City, according to the latest results released Tuesday night (6). If elected in elections slated for November, he will be the city’s second black mayor – the only one being David Dinkins, who died in 2020, who served from 1990 to 1993.
Current Brooklyn District President Adams has campaigned around agendas such as public safety and anti-racism in the police force.
“Although there are still very few votes to be counted, the results are clear: a historic coalition led by working class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the primaries,” the politician said in a statement shortly. after the results. we need to focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of a city for those who are committed to a secure, just and accessible future, ”he added.
To supporters, Adams, known as a moderate Democrat, also commented on the reforms he intends to undertake in the area of public safety. “If black lives really matter, we can’t just be against police abuse,” he said. “We must be against the violence that destroys our communities.”
He became a police officer in 1984 and quickly rose to the rank of captain, according to the Associated Press. He was in the police force for 22 years, and in 2006 he ran for the State Senate, to which he was elected.
In the Democratic race, just behind Adams are Kathryn Garcia, an official in the sanitation department, and Maya Wiley, professor and former adviser to Bill de Blasio, the current mayor of New York. Until March, the frontrunner was Andrew Yang, an Asian-born tech businessman who became dehydrated during the campaign.
Participation in the primaries was only 26%.