MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, it appears that Mount Vernon City Councilman Richard Thomas will win the Democratic mayoral primary following a heated race with incumbent Ernie Davis.
With 82 percent of precincts reporting results at 11 p.m., Thomas held a commanding 39 percent lead over Davis, who earned just 24 percent of the vote at the time of reporting.
Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson garnered 18 percent of the vote at the time of reporting, with Mount Vernon Comptroller Maureen Walker taking 13 percent and former Mayor Clinton Young taking just 6 percent of the voters approval.
It’s been a contentious election season, with all sides lobbing insinuations at one another. Thomas’ campaign headquarters have been accused of “thuggery,” by Davis’ camp, which the future Democratic mayoral representative scoffed at en route to routing the long term mayor.
Despite his victory in the primary, Thomas will face stiff competition in the general election. Hassell-Thompson will appear on the Working Families Party line in November, with Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds – who was initially scheduled to appear on the primary ballot before a paperwork snafu – running on the Conservative Party line.
Thomas has garnered a lot of support in recent weeks from several prominent Mount Vernon organizations and individuals. The results of the election are set to be finalized later tonight.
“I am so proud of the work we have accomplished during this campaign. I am thankful for the overwhelming support of so many volunteers and community leaders. My team and I have done a tremendous job, making every effort in preparation for this day,” Thomas stated.
“Throughout my campaign, the residents of Mount Vernon have responded to my campaign with a sense of community in hopes of moving our city forward as one Mount Vernon. It is with that backing and the trust of all of them that I will lead Mount Vernon into a transition as we work as a community to rebuild Mount Vernon, together, and right the wrongs that have been ignored for far too long.”
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