Letitia James Wins Democratic Runoff for New York City Public Advocate
By Colby Hamilton
Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James won the primary election runoff for public advocate, beating her opponent State Senator Daniel Squadron by 20 points, and making her all but certain to become the first woman of color elected to citywide office in New York City in November.
An emotional James thanked her supporters at her victory party at the Copacabana, crediting them with her success in the protracted, and increasingly negative, campaign.
“I ran for Public Advocate because, all of my life, I have seen New Yorkers preserver,” she said, surrounded by current and former colleagues in the city council. “I have seen the role government can play in helping uplift working people.
“As someone who comes from humble beginnings and who never forgets that fact, I’ve experienced it myself.”
James spoke of the struggles she said face New Yorkers and promised to use the Public Advocate’s office to work on behalf of those in need.
“I will keep fighting for working men and women who need a champion in government,” James said.
In a concession statement, Squadron congratulated James on her victory.
“I know that Tish will be their great advocate for New Yorkers across the city,” Squadron said. “She ran a great campaign.”