Mount Vernon – Just in the results from our first reader’s straw poll for the candidates running in the mayoral and city council races. The poll began started 12 noon Thursday, July 31 and ending 12 noon Thursday August 6. Each candidate was contacted via Facebook and Twitter to alert them of the poll so they could share with their supporters and encourage them to vote. We asked the readers if the election was held today who would they vote for. Straw polls are far from scientific, but they are widely used in newspapers and magazine, so in no way are we passing this off as an official scientific poll, but as a reader poll to sample which way the readers are leaning six weeks before the official primary to be held on September 10th.
In the Mount Vernon Mayoral Race, with 1074 total votes, City Councilman Richard Thomas and Comptroller Maureen Walker went toe-to-toe with Thomas pulling it out by 4 votes before the poll closed, with the margin of error it will be interesting to see how this plays out in real life in the Sept 10th primary. Thomas captured 42.2% of the vote with 453 votes and Walker a very close second captured 41.8% of the vote with 449 votes
In the Mount Vernon City Council Race with 373 total votes and two seats up for grabs, Andre Wallace was a clear front-runner with 35.7% of the vote, with 133 votes and much to Black Westchester surprise Delia M. Farquharson came in a very close second capturing 33.5% of the vote with 125 votes.
Again while we know this is far from scientific, we wanted to conduct our own straw poll to create a dialog and get the readers more involved in the process. Please to leave your comments, feedback and thoughts in the comment section below and tell us what you think.