George Latimer, a State Senator from Rye won Westchester County’s Democratic Party primary for county executive, cruising to victory on Tuesday with 64 percent of the vote over County Legislator Ken Jenkins, according to unofficial tallies from the Board of Elections just after midnight on Wednesday. Now the real work begins for the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality, and Independence Party candidate for County Executive, vying to unseat Astorino, who is running for a third term, November 7th general election.
“I want to thank Ken Jenkins for a hard-fought and principled campaign, and I want to thank all the people who voted today, upholding the best traditions of our democracy,” Latimer shares with BW. “The people of Westchester have spoken and I am humbled to now be the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality, and Independence Party candidate for County Executive in the November 7th general election.”
With 79 percent of all districts counted, Latimer led Jenkins 18,717-10,625. That amount accounted for about 30,000 ballots counted so far with numbers still being tabulated.
“We have a tough race ahead of us, but an important race,” says Latimer shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. “Westchester needs change, and our taxpayers deserve a government that tells the truth, cuts patronage and waste, and puts people over political ideology. For eight long years, Rob Astorino has worried more about his future political career, his allies and his campaign contributors while taxpayers get left holding the bill.”
There are 290,000 active registered Democrats in Westchester County, and party members outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin. Low turnout races locally could favor Republicans, who’ve held onto the county executive seat and made gains in the Legislature in this decade despite the disadvantage. Democrats are hoping to change this trend.
“Today, we start the campaign to take our County back from a politician who stands with Donald Trump and who is willing to risk our future and our children’s future for his own short-term political gain,” Latimer tells BW in closing. “We will offer an honest vision for our future; where we respect the rights of all Westchester residents, defend our values of inclusion and fairness, protect our environment, and root out waste and corruption.”
George Latimer will kick off his General Election campaign, Wednesday, September 13th 10:30 AM at 36 Tuckahoe Road in Eastchester with a sharp critique of Rob Astorino’s dishonest claims, tax hikes and fiscal mismanagement over his 8 years in office. Latimer will present a number of tax bills from Westchester residents to show how much taxes have increased for Westchester families under Rob Astorino.
Latimer will lay out a new vision for County leadership based on honesty and fiscal accountability.