Polls are open until 9 p.m. in the special election for New York City’s public advocate, the job Letitia James vacated when she became the state attorney general.
Seventeen candidates are running for her former post. Perceived front-runners include: Jumaane Williams, Michael Blake, Daniel O’Donnell, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Nomiki Konst, Eric Ulrich, Ron Kim and Rafael Espin
Why does it matter?
Civic pride! If that’s not enough, consider this: The office has a budget of $3.5 million, can introduce legislation and can hold public hearings. The public advocate also temporarily replaces the mayor if he leaves office early (Mayor de Blasio has not ruled out a 2020 presidential run).
A primary for the position will be held in June, and a general election is set for November. The winner of that race will serve the remainder of James’ turn, which ends in 2021.
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