Eric Adams is New York City’s new mayor!
He secured his spot Tuesday (July 7) evening for the Democratic primary.
If Adams is elected, he’ll be the second Black NYC Mayor. The first was David Norman Dinkins (July 10, 1927 – November 23, 2020).
Fox notes the Associated Press declared Adams the winner early Tuesday evening based on the latest tabulations, including most absentee ballots.
The former police captain ran a different race from his fellow Democratic candidates as a moderate and campaigned on opposing the “defund the police” movement.
“We’re not going to recover as a city if we turn back time and see an increase in violence, particularly gun violence,” Adams said following the May shooting of three people, including a 4-year-old girl, in Times Square.
Adams frequently referenced his dual identity and how it shaped his platform for policing in the U.S. during his time on the campaign trail
The 22-year police veteran reportedly suffered his share of police brutality as a Black teenager when he was beaten at the age of 15.
Eric shared his excitement via Twitter. In a post he said,
“I grew up poor in Brooklyn & Queens. I wore a bulletproof vest to keep my neighbors safe. I served my community as a State Senator & Brooklyn Borough President. And I’m honored to be the Democratic nominee to be the Mayor of the city I’ve always called home.
Thank you, New York!”