NEW YORK — Democrats in America’s largest city will pick a nominee Tuesday to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio after a campaign shaped by a surge in violent crime and a debate about how the places hit hardest during the coronavirus pandemic can recover.
“New city, new vision, new mind-set,” Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams told voters at a Sunday rally in Inwood, a largely Dominican neighborhood in Manhattan. “We are going to finally end the institutional poverty in our city. We’re going to become a safe, fair, affordable city. We will get the justice we deserve with the safety we need.”
Adams, a 60-year-old retired police captain and former state legislator, has become the dominant figure in a race where sexual misconduct allegations, a campaign staff revolt and even a debate question about real estate prices knocked other candidates off course. In public polls, he has charged ahead of 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, 46, who has attacked Adams as a corrupt insider who won’t deliver real change.
The new voting system, which replaced the city’s old two-round runoff law, has kept mayoral paths open for former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, 51, and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, 57, who have polled close to Adams and Yang. Both were largely unfamiliar to voters when the primary began, and both have emerged as popular second-choice candidates for voters wary of Adams and Yang, whose less liberal views have made them attractive to wealthy donors.
Weigel reported from Washington.