Gale Brewer Wins Manhattan Borough President Democratic Primary

September 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Gale Brewer won the Manhattan Borough President Democratic primary on Tuesday.

Brewer won in a tight four-way race against Council member Jessica Lappin, former Community Board 1 chair Julie Menin, and Council member Robert Jackson.

Brewer is currently a Council member for district 6 on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

She took 39.71 percent of the votes as of 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, with 98 percent of the precincts reporting.

Lappin had 23.69 percent; Jackson had 29.23 percent; and Menin had 17.37 percent.

“The polls are closed and I would like to thank all of you for your #vote and support,” said Brewer via Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday evening.


Brewer will face Republican David Casavis in the general election, which she is expected to win easily.

“We won tonight on our integrity,” she told supporters on Tuesday night.

Menin and Lappin didn’t respond after the loss. Jackson said via his Facebook page: “My run (marathon) for Manhattan Borough President is over. Now, I refocus and start to transition my staff and office and consider my future direction. Thank all of you for your support. Peace and blessings. RJ.”

Gale Brewer, who has been on the City Council since 2002, told Epoch Times earlier this year that she is involved in land use issues and has worked against the “Mall-ization” of Manhattan.

She said she wants to see more funding go to community boards, and wants to make sure the Hurricane Sandy recovery money is well-spent.

Also, Brewer has been working to introduce more transparency in government, and is known as being tech-savvy.

She’s also known for going to an unbelievable of events and engaging communities that were outside of her own district while on the council.

One Twitter user on Tuesday said that Brewer “is basically the superwoman of the Upper West Side.”