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Jumaane Williams reelected public advocate amid governor run

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who may run for governor next year, was reelected in a landslide on Tuesday.

The incumbent left-wing city ombudsman had nearly 76 percent of the vote as longshot Republican contender Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil garnered just 16 percent with about 18 percent of ballot scanners reporting their tallies, preliminary Board of Elections results show.

Local cable news channel NY1 made the call around 9:20 pm.

Williams, who represented parts of Brooklyn in the City Council from 2010 to 2019, was elected to his current post in a 2019 special election after Letitia James, now the state attorney general, left the position.

Last week, the 45-year-old veteran Democratic city pol, who has recently made public he may campaign to serve as the state’s chief executive, filed papers with the Board of Elections to form “Jumaane for New York” gubernatorial campaign committee, signaling he will likely run in the June Democratic primary against Gov. Kathy Hochul.

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Republican challenger Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil called out Jumaane Williams for not focusing on his job as Public Advocate.
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New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams reportedly has his eyes on Albany for governor.
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During their only debate, Nampiaparampil, a pain medicine specialist, accused Williams of not being “focused” on issues specific to the five boroughs by mulling a bid.


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