Queens borough president 2020 primary election results

Who will be the next Queens Borough President?
Who will be the next Queens Borough President?
Who will be the next Queens Borough President?

Queens borough president 2020 primary election results

Donovan Richards takes a sizable early lead over Elizabeth Crowley.
June 23, 2020

The Democratic primary for Queens district attorney was the race to watch in 2019, an otherwise quiet election year. And after weeks of recounts and court cases, then-Queens Borough President Melinda Katz won the nomination over Tiffany Cabán, a public defender. Katz went on to win the office, and now five candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president – and in deeply blue Queens, that’s a near-guarantee of winning the seat in November.

Pundits question how much power the office actually holds, but it’s a high-profile perch. The top contender is New York City Council Member Donovan Richards, a Black man from Southeast Queens who has the support of the Queens County Democratic Party and a host of other establishment figures. He’s building a solid lead as in-person ballots are counted – up 9 percentage points over Elizabeth Crowley. But Richards can’t get too comfortable. Crowley, a former City Council member from Glendale, has a lot of union support and said that an internal poll from May showed her leading. Costa Constantinides, a City Council member from Astoria, is the favored candidate of the progressive left and should not be counted out until the absentee ballots are tallied. Also in the race are Anthony Miranda, a retired NYPD sergeant, and Dao Yin, a Bayside businessman who has received endorsements from many Queens Asian American organizations.

Early results can be telling, but just like Katz’s win last year, this race is likely to be decided by mail-in ballots. More than 90,000 Democrats voted in the 2019 Queens district attorney race. Far more Queens Democrats are expected to vote in this race, which is happening concurrently with other high-profile House and state legislative contests as well as the presidential primary.

Here are the latest unofficial results from the New York City Board of Elections.

Donovan Richards: 41,915 votes, 37.18%

Elizabeth Crowley: 31,781 votes, 28.19%

Costa Constantinides: 17,164 votes, 15.23%

Anthony Miranda: 16,613 votes, 14.74%

Dao Yin: 5,028 votes, 4.46%


With 96.53% of scanners reported

112,724 total votes counted

Jeff Coltin
is a senior reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.