Happy Black Girl News: Tish James Is NYC’s First African American Woman To Hold Citywide Office

October 2, 2013  |  




Thanks to Jay Z, Alicia Keys, and Letitia James we now know New York City is the Concrete Jungle where dreams are made!

Yesterday, New York Councilwoman Letitia James won the runoff for  public advocate, becoming the first woman of color to hold citywide office for New York City. Her opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron, only received 41 percent of the city’s votes whereas James received 59 percent.

WNYC of NPR reports the racial makeup of voters were divided between the two candidates, with “nearly all black-majority precincts voting for James and most white-majority districts choosing Squadron.” WNYC further noted that James carried communities of color that were majority black and Hispanic and Squadron those of white descent.

Letitia and Daniel had a terrible, if not messy, run-off due to both political candidates accusing each other of being too close to New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg and not being upfront enough about their financial income.

Despite the occurrences of the run-off, political observers stated  it was James who had more of an edge against her white counterparts who usually control top city positions of power. Her new position of public advocate is defined as: “the city’s watch dog, and is first in the line of succession if the mayor is unable to serve.”

Letitia James is expected to take office in January. Congratulations to her!

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