Two Democratic State Assembly incumbents in Queens appear to have been defeated following a count of absentee ballots by the city’s Board of Elections. Assemblyman Michael DenDekker has conceded defeat to Jessica González-Rojas.
DenDekker has represented the 34th district in the Assembly since 2009.
González-Rojas is a community activist and a newcomer to elected office.
Meanwhile, Jenifer Rajkumar appears to have defeated incumbent assemblyman Michael Miller.
Rajkumar would become the first person with South Asian heritage to ever be elected to the New York State legislature, even though South Asian New Yorkers currently represent approximately 4% of the city’s population.
The Board of Elections will certify all results after the count is finished.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers voted by absentee ballot instead of voting in-person for the June 23 primary.
González-Rojas and Rajkumar will appear on the ballot in November’s general election, but both are expected to win handily in their heavily Democratic districts.