NY Times: Lehman Alumna Letitia James Is Chosen in Democratic Runoff for Public Advocate

October 2, 2013 4:01 pm In the News

Letitia James, a New York City councilwoman from Brooklyn with strong ties to labor unions, won a Democratic primary runoff for public advocate on Tuesday, a victory that makes her all but certain to become the first African-American woman to hold citywide office.

Ms. James, 54, defeated Daniel L. Squadron, 33, a state senator from Brooklyn and Manhattan, by nearly 60 percent of the vote to about 40 percent. Because there is no Republican candidate, Ms. James will almost definitely be elected to succeed Bill de Blasio, the public advocate and Democratic nominee for mayor.

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