As major political races heat up across the nation, one woman of color is proving that she can hold her own in a big city election.

Letitia James officially beat out Daniel Squadron for the Democratic nomination in the New York City’s Public Advocate’s runoff race Tuesday night, the Associate Press reports. She gained 60 percent of votes to Squadron’s 40 percent which secured her position and helped diversify the Democratic party nominees for city office.

Because James has no Republican rival, she is expected to be the first African-American woman to hold a citywide elected post upon final ballot counts.

“We did it. We did it. We did it,” the former councilwoman from Brooklyn said publicly during a victory celebration. “All of us broke through that glass ceiling, and I am so proud of what we accomplished together. I’m proud that we made history tonight.”

The position of Public Advocate was the only race to have a runoff in New York City and cost nearly $13 million.

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  • Tish Jefferson

    Congrats and much love to my namesake, Letitia “Tish” James – So proud of her!

  • Congrats Letitia!! Our community needs to cultivate achievement, self-reliance and the value of hard work. I implore you to check out and spread the word about the new website, Evolvage. This site puts all the information our community needs in one place for easy access to programs, resources and tools to get ahead. There are programs and resources out there for our community to take advantage of, some people just need the barriers dissolved to finding them and Evolvage does that. Check out new website Evolvage for info on youth programs, resources for single mothers, free job training programs, outstanding public schools/free private and boarding schools, info on how to start a business, buy a home, apply for college and find scholarships and so much more.

  • My name is James Lane and I want to make history as the first Green Party Public Advocate of New York City!