Incumbents secure re-election, Adrienne Adams wins open seat

Eric Ulrich at a rally at City Hall

Yesterday’s general election offered few surprising outcomes, and that’s exactly the case in southeast Queens, where incumbents fended off challengers.

The closest race was in District 32, between incumbent Eric Ulrich and challenger Mike Scala.

Ulrich, the borough’s lone Republican in the City Council (for now, anyway), won 14,862 of 22,621 votes, roughly 65.7 percent, according to unofficial results from the BOE.

Ulrich’s most notable achievement was passing legislation to create a new city Department of Veterans Services. He represents an independent voice for the more conservative area of Queens.

Scala, a transportation advocate and former political aide, won 7,715 votes, or 34.11 percent.

The race got nasty, with accusations of racism and misogyny thrown at the challenger. Ulrich’s camp unearthed old videos of Scala’s rap career that gave him a bad look.

In the 27th Council District, incumbent I. Daneek Miller dispatched his two challengers, Republican Rupert Green and Green Party candidate Frank Francois.

According to early returns, Miller took 94.97 percent of the vote. He will serve four more years in the City Council.

In the 31st District, incumbent Donovan Richards ran unopposed, though there were 228 write-ins. Richards will now focus on the speaker’s race, of which he is a candidate.

In the 28th District, Democrat Adrienne Adams cruised to victory over Republican Ivan Mossop Jr. and Working Families candidate (and former Democratic foe) Hettie Powell. Adams carried 86 percent last night.

She will begin a new term representing the district formerly held by disgraced ex-councilman Ruben Wills.


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