Special Election in the 12th City Council District

Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday made the following statement on the special election in the New York City Council’s 12th District, left open by the expulsion of former Council Member Andy King:

“I am declaring Tuesday, December 22, 2020 as the date for the 12th City Council District special election to elect a Council Member to serve until December 31, 2021. This date, within the window allowed by the City Charter, will facilitate maximum voter participation. I encourage all eligible Bronx residents to vote early, in person, or by absentee ballot in the upcoming special election and get the representation they deserve.” 

Three candidates had been recorded as candidates for the 12th City Council Democratic Primary June 2021 with the Campaign Finance Board.. 

Mr. Kevin C. Riley, an aide to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Ms. Pamela Hamilton-Johnson a community activist

Mr. Brian Melford the Budget Director for the office of the 12th City Council District.

A special election takes place in a shorter time period than a primary or general election. Within three days of a vacancy, the mayor proclaims a special election date and the ballot petitioning process begins. Petitions must be submitted to the New York City Board of Elections (City BOE) within 12 days of the mayor’s proclamation. 

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