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Wills, Richards and Miller win blowouts

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7:01 pm | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.

Incumbent Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), running for a second full term in a 28th District redrawn after the 2010 Federal Census, won more than 95.3 percent of the vote against Mireille Leroy of the Unity Party.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), who was facing two opponents in the 31st District, including Republican Scherie Murray, garnered 92.2 percent of the vote.

Richards had won a special election in February to fill the vacancy created after former Councilman James Sanders Jr. was sworn in as a state senator.

Richards was Sanders’ chief of staff, and Murray campaigned on a platform of Richards being a continuation of policies that provided no change under Sanders.

She received 5.1 percent of the vote, with Jobs & Education candidate Ricardo Brown getting just under 2.7 percent.

Brown was one of a handful of Democrats whom Richards dispatched in the district primary back in September.

In the 27th District, transit union president Daneek Miller tallied nearly 97 percent of the vote against Sondra Peeden.

Miller will take the place of Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who is being forced out of the Council by term limits. Comrie personally approached Miller early in the process and appealed to him to run.

Like Richards, Miller defeated a broad field of candidates in a Democratic primary, including Peeden and Manuel Caughman.

Caughman, an aide to state Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica), is a longtime party stalwart who ran in the primary with the endorsement of the Queens Democratic Party.

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