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Donovan Richards declares victory in Council District 31 special election


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The race is won – Donovan Richards has declared victory, and is the new councilmember for the 31st  District.

After a windy campaign road, ending with Richards and opponent Pesach Osina, the former chief-of-staff to State Senator James Sanders emerged victorious by 80 votes.

On voting day, Tuesday, February 19, both Richards and Osina declared victory. At the time, Richards was ahead by 26 votes, and over 500 ballots had yet to be counted. Counting continued on Wednesday, February 27, and many feared that results would not be known for weeks.

However, in an unofficial tally, Richards came out on top with 2,646 votes to Osina’s 2,567 – a wide enough margin to eliminate a recount, according to Politicker.

Richards took to Twitter to announce his victory and thank his supporters.

“This victory could not have been achieved without the hardwork of my campaign staff # Love You Guys,” he said.

He also congratulated Osina on a well-run campaign, and said he looks forward to working with him for the “betterment of [the] community.”

 

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Two candidates declare victory in special election


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Two councilmembers, one district. Following the City Council special election late Tuesday, February 19, candidates Donovan Richards and Pesach Osina both declared victory of the 31st District.

“While we are still uncertain of the total numbers, when every vote is counted, we will be victorious,” said Osina, an aide to Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder, at his campaign headquarters.

Similarly, Richards took to Twitter and Facebook, declaring, “Happy to announce I am the councilman!”

As of midnight on election night with 97 percent reporting, a mere 26 votes separated Richards, former Councilmember James Sanders’ protégé, and Osina, according to unofficial Board of Elections (BOE) reports.

The race to fill Sanders’ vacant seat was heated, and crowded. Attorney Jacques Leandre came short of Osina and Richards, followed by community activist Michael Duncan, Selvena Brooks, Community Board 8 District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide, Saywalah Kesselly and Allan Jennings.

Counting to determine a winner will reportedly rev back up Wednesday, February 20. There is a potentially missing memory stick from a ballot scanner, and absentee and paper ballots still need to be counted. A recount could also be in the cards, according to Politicker.

Despite the chaotic end, candidates still see a bright future for southeast Queens.

Brooks, who conceded before counting ceased, said she believes that the district will emerge stronger and better because of what the candidates had done throughout the campaign and because of the important community issues they highlighted and elevated.

There was still no winner as of press time.

 

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Special election candidates patrolling poll sites


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The race continues, and candidates for the 31st District’s City Council seat are making the rounds, reaching out to the people they hope to make their constituents.

“I’m feeling great,” said Selvena Brooks, who has a political past working in the State Senate. “We have a real presence on the ground throughout southeast Queens and a lot of community support.”

Brooks and fellow candidates Pesach Osina, Donovan Richards, Jacques Leandre, Michael Duncan, Allan Jennings, Saywalah Kesselly and Marie Adam-Ovide have spent election day continuing their campaigns, and do not plan to rest until polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.

“I’m going to be out there until 8:59 p.m., just trying to get one more person to the polls” said Marie Adam-Ovide, district manager of Community Board 8. “I’m trying to encourage more people to come out.

 

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City Council replacement to be decided in special election today


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Photo courtesy of Pesach Osina

Decision day has arrived, and one of eight candidates for southeast Queens’ 31st District will sit upon the City Council.

The council hopefuls hit the ground running just over a month ago when James Sanders vacated his seat and moved to the Senate. The campaign stretch, although short, has been heated.

Michael Duncan, Marie Adam-Ovide, Saywalah Kesselly, Jacques Leandre, Selvena Brooks, Donovan Richards, Allan Jennings and Pesach Osina were put up against each other in several public forums, testing their knowledge of the district neighborhoods and their ideas for the future.

The Daily News reported that in a nonpartisan special election such as this one, political observers note that merely a few hundred votes could determine a winner.

Donovan Richards, Sanders’ former chief-of-staff, received the veteran pol’s support, as well as 18 union endorsements and support from 60 community leaders, according to his Facebook page. Additionally, his campaign war chest came in first, and raised nearly $130,000.

Residents in communities such as Springfield Gardens and Laurelton are concerned with area flooding, and hope their new councilmember can make progress in eliminating the issue. Many people also want to see improvement in the school system and a decrease in home foreclosures.

Photo courtesy of Selvena Brooks 

 

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