Ben Kallos Wins City Council Democratic Primary for Manhattan’s District 5

September 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Ben Kallos won the Democratic primary for Manhattan’s City Council district 5 on Tuesday.

The race was to replace Jessica Lappin, who lost in a race for Manhattan Borough President on Tuesday.

Kallos narrowly beat Assemblymember Micah Kellner.

Kellner had 39.38 percent with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, and Kallos had 45.67 percent. 


Kallos is an attorney and the executive director of the New Roosevelt Institute. He worked as the director of policy and communication for Mark Green when Green was the public advocate.  

Kallos says on his campaign website that he’s a third-generation Upper East Sider who graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the State University of New York’s Albany and Buffalo campuses.

Kallos ran a campaign focused on how technology can make the City Council more transparent.

Kallos will face Republican David Garland in the general election.

District 5 is on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and includes Yorkville and Roosevelt Island.