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Farah Louis wins City Council special election in Brooklyn's District 45

Louis, who beat seven other candidates, previously worked in Jumaane Williams' City Council office.

City Council District 45 elected Farah Louis as

City Council District 45 elected Farah Louis as their new City Council member on Tuesday. Photo Credit: EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock/Alba Vigaray

Farah Louis became the City Council representative for Brooklyn's District 45 Tuesday, beating seven other candidates in a special election. 

Louis was the deputy chief of staff for District 45's former City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who was elected public advocate this year.

Louis won about 42 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of scanners reported, according to the Board of Elections unofficial election results. About 9,200 people voted.

“This campaign has shown me the beauty, resiliency & power of this district,” Louis wrote on Twitter after her victory. “Every person who contributed, volunteered, voted & every person who offered a word of encouragement played an integral part in tonight’s outcome. It is my deepest honor to represent you on the @NYCCouncil.”

Louis was endorsed by Borough President Eric Adams and multiple City Council members, but Williams endorsed community activist Monique Chandler-Waterman, who was the runner-up with about 30 percent of the vote.

Louis will serve in the City Council seat at least through the end of the year, but she will have to run again in the June 25 primary and the Nov. 5 general election to complete Williams’ term, which is through 2021.

District 45 includes parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush Midwood, Flatlands and Canarsie.


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