So proud of my team for bringing change to Southeast Queens. We won at the polls, but the fight’s not over til its over — support our campaign & help make sure every vote is counted: https://t.co/SyiueeG36F
— Khaleel M. Anderson For Assembly District 31 (@KhaleelAnderson) June 24, 2020
Khaleel Anderson, a community activist and organizer, is on pace to become one of the youngest legislators in the New York State Assembly.
At just 23 years old, Anderson is a member of Community Board 14, the Far Rockaway NAACP and helped found the Rockaway Youth Task Force.
He ran for the open Assembly seat in District 31, which was vacated by former Assemblywoman Michele Titus, with the backing of influential progressive groups like the Working Families Party, Rockaway Revolution and True Blue NY.
In Tuesday’s primary, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Anderson received 2,888 votes, or 38 percent of the vote.
Five other candidates sought the open seat, including community activist Richard David, who is in second place with 2,113 votes, or 28 percent.
However, the race is not over yet. Tens of thousands of absentee ballots have to be counted, which could decide the fate of this and many other primary races this year.
For the 5th Congressional District, longtime Rep. Gregory Meeks overwhelmingly won with 34,413 votes, or 78 percent.
Progressive challenger Shaniyat Chowdhury received 9,336 votes, or 21 percent.
Meanwhile, in the race for Queens borough president, Councilman Donovan Richards has emerged on top with 41,915 votes, roughly 37 percent.
Trailing him are former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, with 28 percent, Councilman Costa Constantinides, with 15 percent, Anthony Miranda, with 14 percent, and Dao Yin, with 4 percent.
This race will also be decided by absentee ballots.