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Elizabeth Crowley, Runner-Up in the Queens Borough President Race, Concedes to Donovan Richards

Council Member Donovan Richards and Elizabeth Crowley (Twitter/ Elizabeth Crowley)

July 21, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Elizabeth Crowley has conceded to Council Member Donovan Richards in the Democratic primary for Queens Borough President.

Crowley, a former council member, came in second behind Richards on June 23 when in-person ballots were tallied on election night.

She took to Twitter this afternoon to congratulate Richards. The official winner in the five-person race has yet to be called. The Board of Elections is still counting an unprecedented number of absentee ballots.

“I wanted you to hear it from me first: while the Board of Elections (BOE) has not officially called the race, and some districts are still getting tallied, the numbers to win are just not with us,” Crowley wrote.

The former Maspeth council member lagged Richards by more than 10,000 votes on election night, according to the unofficial results. She generated about 28 percent of in-person ballots, while Richards garnered 37 percent.

Crowley said she recently called Richards to congratulate him. She added that he has her full support as the Democratic nominee.

Richards, the Queens County party pick, celebrated his apparent victory on Twitter and said he never imagine he’d make it this far.

“The best part about coming from the bottom is there ain’t no place you can go but up!” Richards wrote. “Thank you all. #SoHumbled #Queens”

Richards currently represents south east Queens in the city council, but must step down from the position at the end of 2021 due to term limits.

Richards also beat out Council Member Costa Constantinides, retired NYPD sergeant Anthony Miranda and Flushing businessman Dao Yin. Constantinides and Miranda each took about 15 percent of in-person votes, while Yin earned just under five percent.

Richards will face off with Joann Ariola, the chair of the Queens County Republican Party, in November if the BOE confirms his victory.

Richards is almost certain to win the general election, since the borough leans heavily toward the Democratic party.

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He just won the Demoncratic party

We still have a General Election in November. If you like the lawlessness going on now and support criminals vote for Richards, he is part of deBlasio administration. If you like law, order, vote against Richards. There are other candidates on the ballot in November who support family values and public safety.


Donovan was the best speaker. All the other candidates had annoying squeaky voices. I felt like i was watching the muppet show during the debate and Donovan was the celebrity guest.

Immature take from this, donchya think???a

This is all you can think of??? Ridiculous. Grow up.

Nice going libs

Donovan is another one who hates the police and will do nothing to improve queens while those who can flee

We Love You Donovan

Congratulations Donovan. And too bad Liz Crowley. You would have been good too.
Just glad that phony from Sunnyside didn’t win. Boy we dodged a bullet.
All that man does is create division, with his social justice pandering.
Empty the jails, abolish the cops, blame white privilege, say everything is racist, make out that everyone is homophobic (when WE DON’T CARE), show hatred toward cars to pander (even though the fake has one). Our man is as divisive as Trump.
Imagine him being the face of Queens for eight years. No!!!!!
Thanks Donovan! We love you.


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