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Who is Tracey Collins? Eric Adams' partner is at the forefront of education

While Eric Adams prefers to keep his personal life under the wraps, his partner Tracey Collins is kind of a big deal in her own way
New York City mayor Eric Adams (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)
New York City mayor Eric Adams (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Ex-policeman Eric Adams was elected New York City's mayor on November 2 and will become just the second African American to lead the United States's largest city.

Brownsville native Eric Adams has been declared the winner of NYC's Democratic mayoral race. As per the latest reports, Brooklyn Borough president Adams won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City after reportedly appealing to the political center and promising to strike a right balance between fighting crime and ending racial injustice in policing. If Adams were to be elected, the former police captain who was in the force for 22 years would be the city’s second Black mayor.

"While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: a historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City," Adams said in a statement. As per reports, Adams is the top choice to win the November general election. Adams lad former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia by 8,426 votes, or a little more than 1 percentage point. His rivals include Garcia, and former City Hall legal advisor Maya Wiley, who had progressive support including an endorsement from US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


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NYC Mayoral candidate Eric Adams walks with supporters as he visits store owners after a Get Out the Vote Rally with Mexican-American business and community leaders on June 15, 2021, in the Sunset Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)

Adams, 60, is a moderate Democrat who opposed the "defund the police" movement. "We’re not going to recover as a city if we turn back time and see an increase in violence, particularly gun violence," Adams said after three people including a 4-year-old girl were shot and wounded in Times Square in May. "If Black lives really matter, it can’t only be against police abuse. It has to be against the violence that’s ripping apart our communities," he had told supporters the night of the primary.

Born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, Adams grew up in a working-class household. Once as a teen, he was beaten up badly when in police custody. It is then that he decided he wanted to become a police officer and change the department from within. 

"He really has credibility on both sides of the issue" of crime and policing, Fordham University political science professor Bruce Berg reportedly said. "If he can handle police reform early on, and make everybody reasonably happy.… I think that that would be a very successful first year for him," Berg added.

New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams greets supporters after a press conference outside his campaign office on June 17, 2021, in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)

Who is Eric Adams' partner Tracey Collins?

While Adams prefers to keep his personal life under wraps, his partner Tracey Collins is kind of a big deal in her own way. During a press conference in his home on June 9, 2021, Adams had explained the reason why his private life is private. "My secrecy is my family. I signed up for this life. They did not sign up for this life." And Collins' motto in work and in life is simple: "Together We Can."

Collins is a highly respected educator. For almost two decades, she explored various roles of a teacher and later as a school principal. She is inspired by the simple phrase, "Scholars are learners that get smarter, wiser, and kinder everyday." 

According to a profile of hers on Future Executives, Collins serves as a Senior Youth Development Director in the New York City Public Schools. Collins is also a writer and publisher authoring the inspirational book, 'Sweet Promptings – Showing Compassion for Others', as per Future Executives. She is reportedly currently working on a children's book.