While most Democrats were licking their wounds over Terry McAuliffe’s loss in Virginia, there were still several major Democratic victories that occurred on Election Night for the party to hold up as examples of consistency, progress, and inclusion.
Eric Adams won the race for mayor of New York City, beating out Republican Curtis Sliwa. The former police captain and Brooklyn borough president will be the city’s second Black mayor; David Dinkins, who recently passed away, served in the role in the early 1990s.
Adams inherits the big challenge of bringing the city back from the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 34,500 New Yorkers and is still infecting hundreds every day. Current Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his congratulations to Adams after his win was announced Tuesday night.
A graduate of our public schools.
A decorated NYPD veteran.
A brave voice for justice in our streets.
A bold public servant with Brooklyn spirit and style.@EricAdamsForNYC embodies the greatness of our city. He will be an outstanding mayor.
Congratulations, my friend!
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 3, 2021
Voters in Manhattan also elected a new district attorney, Progressive Alvin Bragg, who defeated Republican Thomas Kenniff. He has promised to reduce prosecutions on some crimes like gun possession.
It's official — our five-borough, knock-every-door, reach-every-voter campaign was successful: We have won the race for Mayor of New York City!
This is my dream come true, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent the City that we all love as your Mayor-elect 🗽🍎
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) November 3, 2021
And in Boston, voters were making their choice in an already historic race between two women of color, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and her fellow Councilor Annissa Essaibi George. Ultimately, the voters picked Wu, who became the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of Boston after George conceded defeat in Tuesday’s election, according to local media reports.
The city had elected only white men as mayor for nearly 200 years until Tuesday, although the current acting mayor, Kim Janey, who took over when former Mayor Marty Walsh joined the Biden administration, is a Black woman. Wu’s close relationship with Senator Elizabeth Warren and her platform of progressive liberal policies such as policing reforms, rent control, and a Green New Deal for Boston most likely gave her the edge over George, a more moderate candidate.
Michelle is family. From teaching her in law school, to working together on my first Senate run, to supporting her campaigns, I’ve seen her positive energy, her good heart, and her ability to make big change for Boston. She will be a terrific mayor. Congratulations @WuTrain! pic.twitter.com/hQ17cSuO8K
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 3, 2021