Sometimes the best man doesn’t win. Sometimes high-profile endorsements trump the endorsements of those whose stories are less known but no less important. Sometimes glossy mailers trump a career spent fighting for the disenfranchised and powerless. Sometimes big money trumps a lifetime spent taking on the tough issues.
That’s what happened Tuesday night, as Norman Siegel came in fourth behind Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, and Mark Green in the Democratic race to become New York City’s next Public Advocate.
De Blasio came in first with 32.63% of the vote. Green placed second with 30.88%. Gioia was third with 18.40%. Norman was fourth with 14.32%. And Imtiaz Syed finished fifth with 3.76%.
Who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for Public Advocate remains undecided. Neither de Blasio or Green was able to get 40% of the vote, meaning the two will enter a runoff to be held two weeks from yesterday.
So, Norman is out, but the fight continues. The same issues that we campaigned on remain with us today, and it is our duty to keep fighting for a better New York City.
And finally, I would just like to end with a thank you. A thank you to anyone who checked out this blog. A big thank you to anyone who volunteered for Norman. And of course, an enormous thank you to the 49,738 New Yorkers who voted for Norman on Primary Day. Thank you so much.
Fight on, New York!