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Corey Johnson Declares Victory in NYC City Council Race


Community and LGBT activist (and former political editor for Towleroad) Corey Johnson has declared victory his NYC District 3 City Council primary race. Johnson will take the seat vacated by Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a district that counts Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and the West Village among its neighborhoods.

Tweeted Johnson: "WE WON!! IT'S OVER!! THANK YOU ALL!!"

NycA NY Times report on the vote tally showed Johnson with 60% over opponent Yetta Kurland at 39% with 99% of voting areas reporting. Kurland, a civil rights lawyer, is also openly gay.

Bill de Blasio took a wide lead in New York City's Democratic mayoral primary tonight, poised to beat out eight other contenders, including William Thompson and Quinn, who had hoped to be NYC's first woman and first openly gay mayor. It was unclear if De Blasio would have the 40% needed to avoid a run-off with the runner-up.

In other City Council races, transgender candidate Mel Wymore came in behind Helen Rosenthal in District 6 with 22% of the vote to Rosenthal's 27%, and Carlos Menchaca won his race in Brooklyn's District 38 by 57% to 42% over his opponent Sara Gonzalez.

In the NYC's Comptroller race, Scott Stringer beat Eliot Spitzer by 51.8% to 48.2%.

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  1. Congratulations to Corey, but it is very sad. Yetta Kurland is far more qualified, but that pales in comparison to his cuteness, his popularity, and the Quinn machine in Chelsea. He's better than any Republican, but he's certainly a poor substitute for a superb candidate. That's democracy: it's popular vote, not merit. And it has worked for 200+ years.

    Posted by: bravo | Sep 10, 2013 11:10:31 PM

  2. Still trying to understand how an educated guy like Corey Johnson, who came out in 1999 in a very accepting environment, can get infected with HIV. And then pretend like it isn't both a terrible thing and a big deal.

    Posted by: Doug | Sep 10, 2013 11:58:39 PM

  3. You make it sound like those infected with HIV have to have had some tragic circumstances in their coming out. Sometimes people make mistakes in their lives. That doesn't mean something like that negates their general good character. He got infected by having unprotected sex. That doesn't exactly make him a monster. And I don't really see what that has to do with his environment or when he came out.

    Posted by: Fancy | Sep 11, 2013 12:01:30 AM

  4. @Fancy:

    It is very relevant. By coming out early in a supportive environment, he had ready access to information about how to avoid infection. Those who are closeted but sexually active are more likely to engage in risky behavior since they have less access to prevention information and are more likely to engage in sexual activity with strangers, whose status they don't know.

    So in Johnson's case, he had all the information on how to stay safe, and he enjoyed the support of friends and family. He had every opportunity to have healthy relationships with men, not unsafe hookups.

    There was no reason for him to "make a mistake" knowing the severe consequences of HIV infection. It doesn't make him a "monster" but it absolutely says something about his character, and it isn't good.

    Also, once infected, he chose to hide it for a long time. Then once he ran for office, he announced it as if were some sort of noble trait. He should have said that getting HIV was a terrible thing, is nothing to be proud of, and that others should not make the same mistakes that he made.

    Posted by: Doug | Sep 11, 2013 12:15:07 AM

  5. @Doug - What does his HIV status have to do with anything? He had to disclose b/c if he didn't, someone else would have leaked it.

    Don't get me wrong. I am sad that Yetta Kurland lost. But I think Corey will be better than any Republican. Not the highest praise, that's for sure, but praise nonetheless.

    Posted by: bravo | Sep 11, 2013 12:15:10 AM

  6. I don't live in NYC, but at least now we won't have to cringe opening the newspapers of the future reading about Quinn's self-dealing and God-knows what felony Spitzer's committed. Quinn will probably now work extra hard to eliminate term limits entirely in her remaining weeks in office.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 11, 2013 12:17:53 AM

  7. "In other City Council races, transgender candidate Mel Wymore was running slightly behind. . . "

    Good! Don't know this candidate specifically, but I despise trans activists, who are violent, thuggish and anti-gay. Anything that makes them unhappy makes me happy.

    Posted by: Dana | Sep 11, 2013 12:20:07 AM

  8. Good riddance to that corrupt hack, Christine Quinn. May this be a lesson to the HRC/Victory Fund/GLADD/Mixner & Friends/ era ~ we're long past the "If it's gay, it's good" mentality. So adapt or die & support ethics, not what a candidate does in bed. Tonight is proof that the majority of us have enough sense to vote with our minds & not our genitals.

    Posted by: WillowBay | Sep 11, 2013 12:32:23 AM

  9. The problem with these enclave candidates is that they reflect segregation rather than integration. They are the products of a concentrated demographic. Their success does not necessarily indicate progress.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 11, 2013 12:37:43 AM

  10. Chelsea and Hells' Kitchen is quickly becoming the new Castro, if you know what I mean.

    Posted by: FakeOutrage | Sep 11, 2013 12:52:45 AM

  11. Enclaves like Chelsea create the illusion of acceptance. In reality, it's a phony acceptance that is based on segregation. A lot of gay people labor under the illusion that they're accepted in general society when in fact they aren't.w

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 11, 2013 1:06:26 AM

  12. Corey is a hero to the gay community, for his trailblazing stand in high school and all the work he's done for the community since then.

    Unlike Quinn, he hasn't betrayed us repeatedly. Quinn's loss among gay and female voters should (& probably will) be a cautionary tale for him and other activists (like the last HRC head) who get to positions of power and sell us out.

    For anyone disappointed by her loss--and there may be, since the full rundown of just how Quinn was a sellout hasn't been that well documented on this site--here are a couple of good rundowns. Ding, dong...

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 11, 2013 2:00:43 AM

  13. Corey Johnson is HIV-positive, despite being in his 30's. It is mind-boggling that anyone would be infected after 1985, as we have known since then that it is never acceptable to have anal or vaginal intercourse without a condom outside of a long-term relationship with an uninfected partner. Unless he was infected via adultery, a condom breaking, or oral sex, he must have been extremely irresponsible and reckless. Somewhat like that does not seem qualified to be on the City Council.

    Posted by: DB | Sep 11, 2013 3:00:32 AM

  14. yay, corey!!

    Posted by: dk | Sep 11, 2013 3:32:23 AM

  15. Most gay men's lives are built on a sex act and the attendant promiscuity. The male-male paradigm is a highly promiscuous one.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 11, 2013 4:19:16 AM

  16. His ads on Grindr must have really worked!

    Posted by: rripperr | Sep 11, 2013 6:38:53 AM

  17. Well, Bob, yes, for many people that is true. Not for all, but for many.


    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 11, 2013 6:51:33 AM

  18. DB, I think we could all be spared your self-righteous lectures.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 11, 2013 6:59:40 AM

  19. According to DB, no one may hold public office except those who've never made a bad call.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 11, 2013 7:00:56 AM

  20. NY city council is a cesspool, regardless of the members sexual orientation. The Albany assembly is worse.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 11, 2013 8:57:16 AM

  21. Doug and DB, you are sanctimonious assholes. Perhaps you'd be happy together.

    Posted by: Disgusted | Sep 11, 2013 9:17:40 AM

  22. Any discussion about a candidate's HIV status is as inappropriate as a discussion about any other medical condition. Making assumptions about how he may have contracted the virus is a far-poorer reflection on those commentators' characters than it is upon Mr. Johnson. Do you see anyone questioning the habits of candidates that are Diabetic? Maybe if they ate a little better or lived healthier lifestyles they may have avoided such health issues? No. You don't see that. Ask yourself why.

    Being HIV positive will, in no way, impede Corey's ability to serve his community well...just as being a Diabetic will not affect any other public servants abilities.

    Grow up America.

    Posted by: Jeffrey Sposaro | Sep 11, 2013 10:23:43 AM

  23. I can't believe I'm even reading these comments. Blaming him for getting HIV? I thought we stopped doing that in the 1980's. Do you not think that he suffers the consequences daily? Must we judge? Does shaming him make things better for everyone? We need to support those that have it, and work on, mental health, outreach, etc. I agree with DISGUSTED.

    Posted by: roger | Sep 11, 2013 10:24:02 AM

  24. Having met MR. Johnson and his enormous EGO a few years back, all I can say is he is a NASTY PIECE OF WORK, replacing Ms. QUINN also a nasty piece of work. There you have it. The developers have won. Corey Johnson and Ms. Quinn helped NOT SAVE ST. VINCENTS. Baloney. They can say what they want, but they both know the truth. CORRUPT POLITICIANS. Just because you're gay doesn't mean as a gay man I'm going to vote for you. Disgusting. Really Sad day for the West village being represented by a 31 year old TRANSPLANT CORRUPT .. How do I say this? NOT A VERY NICE PERSON INDEED. ARROGANT, SMUG, WHITE ENTITLEMENT. There you have it. After 30 years of living in the West Village It is indeed another nail in the coffin of the West Village. Pathetic.

    Posted by: Larry T. | Sep 11, 2013 10:25:24 AM

  25. Gays are our worst enemies. How about some compassion for our brothers with HIV? The truth is that most of them have done the exact same things that HIV-negative people have done--except they had a lot of bad luck in the process.

    People get HIV from their lovers and boyfriends whom they trusted; some have a few too many drinks and don't use a condom--perhaps only one time out of countless safe-sex encounters; people ditch rubbers because they desire intimacy and connectedness; and yes, sometimes they're simply horny. The list goes on.

    An HIV diagnosis does not reflect a person's moral or ethical choices or their personal character.

    But you know what does reflect those things? ... judging others because of their status.

    Posted by: Trog | Sep 11, 2013 11:01:53 AM

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