In the week since he won the special election to the southeast Queens City Council seat, Ruben Wills said he has been hard at work at making sure his constituents’ voices are heard when he enters City Hall.
Corey Bearak, a consultant who has frequently worked for Democratic candidates causes, said the councilman-elect beat out his six opponents because he was one of the first to start campaigning when the city announced the non-partisan special election in August following White’s death.
Ruben Wills won the special election to fill the Council seat held by Thomas White with a modest lead over Nicole Paultre-Bell, unofficial election results from New York 1 said.
The head of the city Board of Elections has been removed from office Tuesday over a series of errors that have occurred on his watch, including the confusing ballot that was almost used in the special election to replace the late City Councilman Thomas White.
Almost all of the contenders vying to take over the City Council seat left vacant after the death of Thomas White spoke about their plans for the future of southeast Queens during a candidates forum Monday night.
Ruben Wills has a major financial lead over Sean Bell’s fiancee, his chief rival for late City Councilman Thomas White’s vacated seat, who has raised roughly $6,000 for her bid, campaign finance records show.
Although major groups and other elected officials, such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), have been throwing their support behind Nicole Paultre-Bell, only 15 individuals have given her money for her campaign, according to the city Campaign Fiance Board.