This year’s Democratic primary election results will take a while due to the large volume of absentee ballots that must be counted. However, the margins between candidates are already large enough to predict the winners. The Democratic primary elections determine which candidate will be the Democratic nominee in the general election and run against the Republican nominee for political office this November.
Our current President is seeking re-election as a Republican and he will run against Democrat Joe Biden. Biden is the presumptive winner of the Democratic nomination. The list of candidates who ran for the nomination was initially very long but over time narrowed with candidates dropping out of the race and throwing their support behind the front runner Joe Biden.
Michael Bloomberg was one of those candidates who came into the race only to fizzle out and subsequently support Biden by donating millions in funds to support Biden’s campaign. “I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden,” Bloomberg said in the statement.
“I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden,” – Michael Bloomberg
There are two more campaigns Mount Vernonites are watching closely. The Democratic nomination for Westchester County District Attorney as well as our U.S. Representative in the 16th Congressional District which includes Mount Vernon.
Mimi Rocah’s campaign for nomination as Westchester County D.A. was strong and according to the latest poll numbers she has 60% of the votes, well exceeding incumbent Anthony Scarpino with only 30%. She will most likely win as this is a margin that will be difficult if not impossible for Mr. Scarpino to make up in absentee ballots.
Mrs. Rocah’s campaign resonated with many people in Mount Vernon especially because part of her platform is to tackle gun violence and take guns off our streets. Mount Vernon is still rattled to the core by the 2016 death of 13 year old Shamoya McKenzie, shot and killed while sitting in her mother’s car by a stray bullet.
Mount Vernon residents also recently have focused on the corruption in the police department. Earlier this month recordings were released to the press by an officer highlighting misdeeds committed behind the badge. Mimi Rocah seized upon this revelation vowing change if elected.
Finally, the presumptive winner for Congressional Representation of the 16th District is Jamaal Bowman. The 16th district includes the northern Bronx and the southern half of Westchester County, including the suburban cities of Mount Vernon, Yonkers, New Rochelle, and Rye. Unlike the two previous Democratic nominees, Jamaal Bowman isn’t seeking a nomination he has won, unseating long time Congressman Eliot Engel who has represented the 16th District since 2013. Mr. Bowman does not need to run again for two years which is the length of the term for the seat he now holds. Engel has also represented New York’s 19th congressional district for two terms and New York’s 17th congressional district for ten terms.
Engel racked up several high profile endorsements like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but in the end it seems it is not enough to mitigate the damage to his campaign by the Public Relations and “hot mic” blunder.
Jamaal Bowman, a Bronx middle school Principal, aced his campaign like a seasoned politician. He was able to hit important levels with voters. His platform has alot of education issues, something he was obviously able to draw upon his experience to develop. He is extremely personable and represents the same progressive energy that catapulted another recently elected and extremely popular Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez. His election win is exciting as he is now in position to “Cause problems for the status quo”.