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Council Member Bob Holden Poised to Win Re-election

Council Member Robert Holden (NYC Council via Flickr)

June 22, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Council Member Robert Holden is poised to win a second term after beating a spirited challenge from local progressive Juan Ardila.

Holden earned more than 55 percent of in-person votes, while Juan Ardila received just over 44 percent in the Democratic primary race, according to unofficial Election Night results.

Holden will likely hold onto his seat representing Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside because he garnered a majority — more than 50 percent — of first-choice votes in the two-person race with nearly 94 percent of scanners reported.

His probable win is a blow to progressives who worked hard to defeat him. His critics argue that he is too conservative for the district.

Holden, who views himself as a moderate Democrat, has earned the support of many voters in the district by frequently voicing his opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

He has been critical of the mayor in terms of public safety and the shelter system — and was a constant critic of former Education Chancellor Richard Carranza whom he deemed as racially divisive. In addition, Holden has stood firmly behind the NYPD.

Many well-known Democrats backed Ardila as they wanted to see Holden knocked out of office.

Juan Ardila (juanforthepeople.com)

Ardila earned the support of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; State Senators Jessica Ramos and Michael Gianaris; Assembly Members Ron Kim and Catalina Cruz; Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Brad Lander and Antonio Reynoso and former Council Member Costa Constantinides.

He was also endorsed by the Working Families Party and powerful unions like 32BJ, 1199 SEIU and Hotel Trades Council.

Holden, however, had the backing of State Senators Leroy Comrie and Joe Addabbo; Council Members Peter Koo, Fernando Cabrera, Mark Gjonaj, Kalman Yeger, I. Daneek Miller and Karen Koslowitz and Assembly Member Catherine Nolan.

He also earned more than 40 labor union endorsements — including from the United Federation of Teachers and the NYPD Police Benevolent Association.

Holden was first elected to represent District 30 in 2017, by running on the Republican and Reform lines against incumbent Elizabeth Crowley in the general election. He had lost to Crowley in the Democratic primary earlier the same year.

The Board of Elections is not expected to certify the results for the elections until the week of July 12 or later to allow time for absentee ballots to come in.

Holden will also need to win a general election in November to secure a second term.

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Barbarasanchez

I don’t think there should be any counting after Election Day whoever is ahead on Election Day should be the winner. That’s how are elections were since day one. I really don’t trust this after elections counting. ☹️

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Love that Bob

Wonderful news! Holden is not a crazy radical like the other guy and his radical supporters; Holden supports the specialized schools – it is the radicals who want to discriminate against talented Asian and Jewish kids. Quality and common sense have won! The politicians who supported Ardila can stuff it.

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Darlene Clark

Councilman Robert Holden runs the best city council with excellent staff helping people of Middle Village. Civic relief help,bringing food to his constitutes who can’t get out.Help with HRA, police support, the list is never ending, he lives in Middle Village he cares about Middle Village.

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Anthony J Russo

I live in Middle Village . Holden only takes care of people around Juniper. SunnySide Post you should really tour the rest of his district. He does nothing. I sure areas that vote for Juan will pay for it.

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Woodside Mom

Tony you sound miffed. Never in my 35 years of living in Woodside/Maspeth have I met a man more concerned about his entire community than Bob Holden. From his days at the Juniper Berry to his City Council seat he’s served his community well. What are you griping about? You live in Middle Village, it’s a nice neighborhood. As are Maspeth, Woodside, Glendale, Ridgewood & even Woodhaven. If you’re seeing problems in the neighborhood, call his staff. They’ll get him to address your concerns. He wants us all to live in clean safe neighborhoods. Proud to support him for another term!!

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JaimeB

Ardila earned the support of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; State Senators Jessica Ramos and Michael Gianaris; Assembly Members Ron Kim and Catalina Cruz; Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Brad Lander and Antonio Reynoso and former Council Member Costa Constantinides.

…. but not the Democratic primary voters. Bye bye socialist hack Juan!

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Barbara & Philip Gargiulo

We hope,that. Bob Holden is the winner. We need people like him to represent us.

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