New York is holding statewide primaries on June 25, 2019. This is the first year in which local and state primaries are being held in June instead of September. This change is due to a January decision by the state legislature to consolidate these primaries with the federal primary date. The general election is November 5.
New York City is holding a special primary for the city council’s District 45 seat and regular primaries for city civil court judgeships and county district attorneys.
- The city council’s District 45 special election is the second time the seat is on the ballot in 2019. The elections were called after incumbent Jumaane Williams was elected New York City Public Advocate in February 2019. The first general election held on May 14 was nonpartisan and determined who would hold the seat until December 31, 2019. The current election, which is partisan, is being held to decide who will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2021.
- Eight candidates filed for the nonpartisan May special election. Candidate Farah Louis won with 41.8% of the vote, defeating all seven challengers. The same eight candidates filed as Democrats for the second special election, which necessitated a primary. The winner of the primary will face an independent challenger in the November general election.
- Seventeen City Civil Court seats in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island are also on the ballot. Four races require primaries after more than two Democratic candidates filed for the seat. No seats drew more than one Republican candidate. The four Democratic primaries are for Kings County’s Countywide District and 6th Municipal Court District; New York County’s 4th Municipal Court District; and Queens County’s Countywide District. The remaining seats advanced directly to the general election.
- Elections for county district attorney are also being held in Bronx, Queens, and Richmond counties. The races in Bronx and Richmond counties each feature unopposed incumbents who advanced directly to the general election. Queens County will hold a Democratic primary for the seat after seven candidates filed for election. The winner of the primary faces a Republican candidate in the general election.
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