Tyrae Woodson-Samuels became the third youngest Westchester County Legislator in history after a successful election on November 3, 2020. Woodson-Samuels ran to fill out the term of former Legislator Lyndon Williams, who was appointed as Mount Vernon city judge by Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. The 28-year-old native of Mount Vernon, Woodson-Samuels brought a record of hands-on government, activist, and business experience to a campaign that promises to pursue a “practical progressive” agenda for the county. Tuesday night, Woodson-Samuels won re-election in a decisive victory over challengers Councilwoman Lisa A, Copeland and former Mount Vernon City Clerk George Brown. Woodson-Samuels is part of a generation shift we are seeing over the past few years in the county as well as the rest of the country.
“I’m honored to win this Democratic primary and eager to get back to work for the people of Mount Vernon,” Legislator Woodson-Samuel shared with Black Westchester after his victory. “Working together is how we can all make progress. As I’ve spoken with so many of my neighbors over these past months of campaigning, one theme came through – political disagreements cannot take precedence over delivering for our community. Mount Vernon needs united hard-working leadership, and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in government to move our city forward.
Legislator Woodson-Samuels won 57% of the vote, Tuesday according to the unofficial Board of Election tally. Other Legislators who won re-election in the Democratic Primary were Christopher A. Johnson (District 16 – Yonkers) with 62% of the vote against challenger Dwanita Crosby and Jose Alvarado (District 17 – Yonkers) with 48% of the vote who held off challengers Virginia Perez and London Reyes.
“I’m thankful that the Democrats in this district appreciate the work that I continue to do on their behalf,” Legislator Christopher A. Johnson shared with Black Westchester. “I look forward to another term working hard and bring much needed resources back to the people that need it the most. Government works for the people and I’m here to serve.”
Woodson-Samuels, Johnson and Alvarado do not have Republican challengers so winning the primary assures they will ease on down the yellow brick road through the General , November 2nd.
Woodson-Samuels served as Deputy Director of Constituent Services for veteran Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, leading his Westchester County community response and working with residents and public officials on issues that included immigration, gun safety initiatives, Federal funding, military, and veteran’s affairs, healthcare, Social Security and senior issues, and regional environmental concerns.
Black Westchester proudly applauds Tyrae’s victory and believes he is definitely the right person for the job and we look forward to the work he continues to do at the county level for the City of Mount Vernon.