Laurie Cumbo Wins Crowded NYC Council Race in District 35

September 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Museum founder Laurie Cumbo has won a seat on the City Council after winning in a crowded race to replace Letitia James, who is running for public advocate.

Cumbo founded and is the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts. 

Her priorities include expanding and developing arts and cultural tourism in the 35th district and making better use of public spaces including parks, according to her campaign website.

Cumbo got 35.44 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting.

Ede Fox got 25.98 percent; Olanike Alabi got 25.88 percent; Jelani Mashariki got 6.50 percent; and Frank Hurley got 6.21 percent.

There are no Republicans running in the district, meaning the Democratic primary was the race.

Cumbo said on Twitter: “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for your support. We ran a people-powered campaign committed to creating #OneBrooklyn!”

The Brooklyn district includes Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights.

Here’s a message she left to her supporters on Facebook.