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Wills tops challengers to hold 28th District

Takes Dem primary; no GOP opponent

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) fended off all challengers Tuesday night, earning renomination from Democratic voters for the 28th Council District with a comfortable 15-point victory.

Unofficial totals posted by the New York City Board of Elections on Wednesday gave Wills more than 48.6 percent of the vote with a total of 4,857 of the 9,985 ballots cast.

Attorney Hettie Powell came in second with just over 33 percent of the vote.

Eugen Evans, whose campaign finance reports stated that he neither received nor spent any reportable money, took third place with 10.5 percent.

David Kayode, an ordained minister and an addiction counselor who has run against Wills before, received 7.8 percent.

Wills won the seat in a special election in 2010 after the death of Councilman Thomas White.

Powell put on a determined campaign, with supporters outraising Wills by $25,000 as of last week.

Powell raised questions about some of Wills’ ethics and legal issues, while Evans, who confined most of his campaigning to a website, launched outright attacks. Most were connected to a state investigation of taxpayer money granted to a nonprofit formerly run by Wills.

Wills and his campaign manager vehemently denied all allegations last week in simultaneous phone calls to the Queens Chronicle.

Wills does not have a Republican opponent in the general election on Nov. 5.

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