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Mount Vernon Mayoral Race Remains Wrapped In Mystery

The top three candidates for Mount Vernon's mayor's seat are New York State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, City Councilman - and Democratic Primary victor - Richard Thomas and City Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds.
The top three candidates for Mount Vernon's mayor's seat are New York State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, City Councilman - and Democratic Primary victor - Richard Thomas and City Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
There are rumors circulating that incumbent Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis amy attempt to retain his seat by running a write-in campaign.
There are rumors circulating that incumbent Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis amy attempt to retain his seat by running a write-in campaign. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Confusion continues to reign supreme surrounding Mount Vernon politics, as the potential ballot of possible mayoral candidates continues to swell, despite City Councilman Richard Thomas’ overwhelming victory in the democratic primary last month.

Poll
Who Do You Support For The Next Mount Vernon Mayor
Final Results Voting Closed

Who Do You Support For The Next Mount Vernon Mayor

  • Councilman Richard Thomas
    72%
  • Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson
    16%
  • Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds
    6%
  • Incumbent Mayor Ernest Davis
    6%

Despite winning the primary with nearly 1,000 more votes than his nearest competitor, Thomas is going to face plenty of adversity as he looks to occupy the mayor’s office following the general election in November.

Traditionally, the candidate who wins the democratic primary in Mount Vernon has a fairly clean path toward earning election in the Democrat-heavy city. This year, Thomas will be challenged on all fronts, including by some of the candidates he defeated in the primary.

New York State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who earned 18 percent of the vote to Thomas’ 37 percent in the primary, has announced her intention to continue running for mayor, under the Working Families Party. Additionally, Mount Vernon City Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds – who was initially slated to appear in the Democratic primary before a paperwork snafu – will be on the ballot, running on the Conservative Party line.

According to multiple sources, despite previously expressing support for Thomas moving forward, Incumbent Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis is contemplating a final run of his own, attempting to become the first write-in candidate to remain or take office.

It’s early, but let us know which candidate you support with the Tuesday, Nov. 3 general election fast approaching? Vote in the poll and continue the conversation in the comments section.

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