Dominicans Espaillat, Alcantara, De la Rosa and Peralta win in US election
In the election that ended with the surprise win by Republican candidate businessman Donald Trump over former first lady, senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Dominican Democrat candidates fared well.
Democrat Adriano Espaillat became the first Dominican-American to be elected to the House of Representatives of the United States in the general election in the United States on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. He will succeed Representative Charles Rangel, a fellow Democrat who has held the seat since 1971.
“I am deeply grateful to the people of the 13th Congressional District for electing me to serve as their next Congressman,” he remarked via his Twitter account.
In comments to the Wall Street Journal after the election, Espaillat said:
“It really is about new leadership. It’s about turning the page,” Mr. Espaillat, a Democrat, said in an interview. “In the Bronx, in Harlem or Washington Heights, I’ve found a lot of excitement from people willing to sit down with me and trying to influence the next 10 years of this district.”
Espaillat had endorsed Marisol Alcantara, the Democratic district leader in Harlem, to succeed him in his 31st District seat of the New York Senate as he ran to replace Rep. Charles Rangel. Alcantara was also elected with 85.6% of the vote.
Dominican Carmen de la Rosa was elected to the New York District 72 State Assembly with 79% of the vote. She was uncontested.
Jose Peralta, running on the Democratic ticket for the New York 13th District seat in the New York State Senate, also won with 86.7% of the vote.
Nov 11, 2016
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