Indian American Shekar Krishnan likely to win NYC council primary

Civil rights lawyer takes the most first choice votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Indian American civil rights lawyer Shekar Krishnan took a big step toward securing the New York City Council District 25 seat in Queens taking the most first choice votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Krishnan generated 30.8 percent of first place ballot votes in the race to replace term-limited council member Daniel Dromm in
the district spanning parts of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, according to local Sunny Side Post.

If Krishnan, who is backed by Dromm, finally wins Tuesday’s primary he is all but certain to win the November election, because of the district’s heavy Democrat leanings. In that case, he could also become the first South Asian elected to New York City Council.

Carolyn Tran, the former chief of staff of Dromm, accounted for 17.7 percent of first rank votes, followed by medical supply store owner Yi (Andy) Chen with 17.58 percent of first place votes.

Read: Indian American Shekar Krishnan in race for Queens council seat (June 22, 2021)

Candidates Alfonso Quiroz, Fatima Baryab and and Liliana Melo each brought in about 10 percent of first choice votes, with 89.13 percent of scanners reported.

The results, which are unofficial, are based on in-person votes counted from early voting and Election Day, according to the NYC Board of Elections. They do not include absentee and affidavit ballots.

Krishnan has not declared victory, although he is confident that the results will hold, the Post said.

“We have come to the end of this remarkable Election Day and we are feeling very confident in the results,” Krishnan said in a statement Tuesday night.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me. Thank you to those who spoke with their neighbors, who petitioned, canvassed and phone banked, and who help spread the word in any way the could.”

Krishnan entered the race as a favorite, having garnered the endorsements of a number of elected officials, including Assembly members Catalina Cruz and Emily Gallagher, as well as State Senators John Liu and Julia Salazar, plus Council Members Justin Brannan and Carlina Rivera.

Read: Indian-American Civil Rights Lawyer Runs for NYC City Council (June 22, 2021)

Chen had narrowly outspent the other candidates in the race, spending $135,267, according to the last campaign finance disclosure report on June 11. That was followed by Krishnan at $134,452, and Tran at $133,467, the Post said.

One of the most diverse districts in the country, District 25 has a population of 162,560 42% of whom are Hispanic, 15.2% are white, 5.8% are Black and 34.5% are Asian American, according to 2010 Census Data.

The district is also known for having many first- and second-generation immigrants, including large Ecuadorian, Colombian, Nepali, Indian and Bangladeshi populations.

Borough-wide, more languages are spoken in Queens than in any other place on Earth, and about 47% of the population is foreign-born.

One Comment

  1. ven parameswaran

    Congratulations to Sekhar Krishnan and I am confident he will be the final winner when all votes are counted.

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