|Member of the New York City Council from the 31st District|
Assumed office |
February 20, 2013
|Preceded by||James Sanders, Jr.|
The district includes portions of Arverne, Bayswater, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Howard Beach, Jamaica, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Laurelton, Rockaway Beach, Rosedale, South Ozone Park and Springfield Gardens in Queens.
Life and career
Richards was born and raised in southeast Queens. When he was young, he served with a mission in Port-a-Prince, Haiti on behalf of St. Albans Congregational Church.
New York City Council
In June 2011, Richards became the chief of staff for New York City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., and when Sanders was elected to the New York State Senate, Richards won a 2013 special election to succeed him. Richards was appointed chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection. Richards was appointed to be the chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises.
|2013||Special||√ Donovan Richards 29.11%|
Pesach Osina 28.24%
Jacques Leandre 13.38%
Michael R. Duncan 11.18%
Selvena Brooks 11.14%
Marie Adam-Ovide 2.08%
Saywala Kesselly 1.87%
|2013||Democratic Primary||√ Donovan Richards 51.60%|
Michael R. Duncan 35.83%
Ricardo A. Brown 12.57%
|2013||General||√ Donovan Richards (D) 91.77%|
Scherie S. Murray (R) 5.45%
Ricardo A. Brown (Jobs & Education) 2.68%
James Sanders, Jr.
| New York City Council, 31st District