2019 New York City Public Advocate special election

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New York City Public Advocate Special election, 2019

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Public Advocate before election

Letitia James

Elected Public Advocate


The 2019 New York City Public Advocate special election will be held on February 26, 2019 to fill part of the unexpired term of Letitia James' vacated seat as New York Public Advocate - through Dec. 31, 2019.[1] It was triggered on January 1, 2019, when James resigned to take office as Attorney General of New York.

By statute, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson serves as acting Public Advocate for the time between James’ resignation and the election of her formal successor.

As with all special elections in New York City, it will be nonpartisan, and candidates who file for the race must create a unique party line that will be displayed on the ballot. Later in 2019, a partisan primary and a November general election will be held to complete the remaining years of James' term.[2]



Following ballot petition challenges and appeals, the Board of Elections certified the subsequent list of candidates that are in chronological order of petition filings, along with their unique party lines, and will appear on the ballot in this sequence:[3][4][5][6]


  • Theo Chino, bitcoin entrepreneur
  • Ifeoma Ike, activist
  • Walter Iwachiw, perennial candidate
  • Abbey Laurel-Smith, artist
  • Danniel Maio, business owner
  • Gary Popkin, professor
  • Michael Zumbluskas, activist


§ Indicates candidate has withdrawn from race but will still appear on ballot


  1. ^ "Public advocate election in New York, New York (2019)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ "Public Advocate Race Could Cause Cascade of Elections | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News". WNYC. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Barkan, Ross. "Who Wants To Be NYC's Next Public Advocate?". Gothamist. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "It's New York's Hottest Contest: The Race for Public Advocate (Really)". The New York Times. January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Public Advocate Special Election Ballot Finalized with 17 Candidates". Gotham Gazette. January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Contest List:Special Election Public Advocate" (PDF). New York City Board of Elections. January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/nyregion/public-advocate-nyc-special-election.html
  8. ^ "NYC's first lady isn't running for public advocate, but she won't rule out another office". NY1. September 17, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Quinn 'seriously considered' public advocate, but not running". The Villager. November 26, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2019.