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Richards wins big in 31st Council District

Republican Murray up next in Nov.

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:19 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) coasted to victory Tuesday night in a three-way primary for the Democratic nomination for the 31st Council District.

Voters gave the freshman legislator a 15-point margin over community activist Michael Duncan.

The unofficial tally released by the New York City Board of Elections on Tuesday gave Richards 51.6 percent of the vote, with Duncan pulling down 36.4 percent.

Ricardo Brown, a public accountant, came in third with 12 percent.

Richards, former chief of staff to former Councilman James Sanders (D-Jamaica), won his old boss’ seat in a special election last February after Sanders was elected to the state Senate.

Richards has campaigned on his efforts to fight crime, including funding for security cameras at city public housing projects and gun buyback programs.

He also has been a vocal critic of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, and supported recent bills aimed at curbing alleged police abuses.

On education, Richards touts his office’s financial support for technological upgrades at numerous schools throughout the district.

Since taking office, Richards also has been advocating for greater resources for quality-of-life issues, such as his call for speed cameras and other traffic-arresting signs and signals on roads in the 31st with documented speeding and safety issues.

Richards now will take on Republican challenger Scherie Murray on Nov. 5..

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