Corona, NY – Public Defender Tiffany Caban claimed victory Tuesday night in the primary for Queens district attorney.
Tiffany Caban’s candidacy for Queens DA became a top priority for liberal Democrats and drew endorsements from two 2020 presidential hopefuls – Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT.), as well as from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), whose district includes parts of Queens.
Caban stated, “This campaign started with just four women, sitting around a kitchen table, saying: we have to change the system.” In a tweet Tuesday night, Caban said, “So I did what many thought was unthinkable for a 31-year -old queer Latina public defender whose parents grew up in the Woodside Houses. I decided to run.”
During her Democratic primary campaign, Caban stated her intentions that if she prevailed, there would be no prosecution for people jumping subway turnstiles, using recreational drugs or for sex workers. She said the cash bail system would be dismantled as quickly as possible and that resources used to go after petty crime would be redirected toward abusive landlords.
As of Wednesday morning with 99 percent of precincts reporting votes, Caban had a lead of 1.3 percentage points over the closest contender, Melinda Katz. There are some 2.3 million residents of Queens. With absentee ballots still to be counted, Katz, the preferred candidate of the Democratic establishment, declined to concede.
Presidential 2020 contender Bernie Sanders tweeted, “This is a victory for working people everywhere who are fighting for real political change and demanding we end cash bail, mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.”
Ocasio-Cortez wrote she was “incredibly proud” of Caban and those who voted for her. She tweeted, “No matter how this ends, you all have stunned NY politics tonight. When people come together, we can beat big money in elections. People power is no fluke.”
Caban is seeking to replace longtime Queens district attorney Richard Brown, who died in May.
The winner of the Democratic primary is favored to win the general election in November.