2002-04-20 / Front Page

Titus Triumphs In Election

By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms

As the clock approached the eleventh hour on the evening of April 16, Michele Titus supporters were scrambling to obtain vote counts from various districts. Within the hour, many of the election districts had contacted Titus’ campaign headquarters and projected that she was the winner in the special election to replace the late Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings.

Early election returns showed that Titus soundly defeated her opponents, Marina Rejas, a Republican, and Michael Duvalle, who ran on the Independence/Conservative line, by close to a four to one margin. The unofficial breakdown is as follows: Marina Rejas (78 votes), Michele Titus (825 votes) and Michael Duvalle (254 votes).

"I look forward to representing my friends and neighbors, and I am committed to dealing with those issues affecting our district, mainly education, economics and revitalization," said Titus.

The 32-year old attorney for the New York City Board of Education, and Democratic district leader, received the backing of the Queens County Democratic Organization, political leaders in the area, and local unions. She also received an endorsement from The Wave.

"This has been such an exciting experience for me, and I plan to do all that I can to help the people of the 31st Assembly district," she said.

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