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Democrat Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral election

New York City mayoral election By Joseph Ax

(Reuters) – Democrat Eric Adams won New York City’s mayoral race on Tuesday on promises to boost public safety and give voice to working-class residents, drawing on his experience as a police captain and as a Black man who experienced police brutality as a youth.

Adams, the Brooklyn borough president since 2014, was projected the winner by the Associated Press. He will become the city’s second Black mayor after defeating Republican Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels civilian patrol.

The 61-year-old Adams takes over in January from Democrat Bill de Blasio, who was term-limited after eight years in office.

Adams will face the task of overseeing the largest U.S. city’s nascent recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as confronting wealth inequality, lack of affordable housing and struggling public schools.

He had been expected to win handily in the overwhelmingly Democratic city.

His victory could give President Joe Biden’s Democrats some signs of where voters stand as the party strives to maintain a fragile alliance between progressives and centrists in Washington.

Adams prevailed in the party’s primary election with a coalition that resembled, in some ways, the voters who helped elevate Biden to the Democratic nomination in 2020, especially his support among more moderate Black voters.

Progressives worry Adams will cater too much to the real estate industry, a powerful lobby that gave generously to his campaign.

RIGHT ON ‘STREETS,’ NOT ‘TWEETS’

Adams has not been shy about suggesting that his triumph can serve as a blueprint for national Democrats. He has been dismissive of critics of his agenda on the left who he says do not speak for mainstream Democrats.

"I say that it’s time for us to stop believing that we should have the right tweets. We should have the right safe streets," Adams told CNN after winning the party’s nomination in July.

Portraying himself as a "blue-collar" New Yorker, he said working-class Democrats had been ignored by the party’s more liberal wing.

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