Farah Louis wins Democratic primary for 45th District Council seat

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Councilwoman Farah Louis handily fended off seven challengers to her City Council seat in the Democratic primary on June 25.

The newcomer legislator won the race with 50.3 percent and 4,548 votes, besting opponent Monique Chandler-Waterman, who came in second with approximately 43 percent at 3,887 votes, with 97.8 percent of scanners reporting by Wednesday morning, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections.

Louis took to social media to celebrate her victory.

“WE DID IT! Your hard work and dedication to the vision of #AUnified45 prevailed,” she tweeted late Tuesday night. “I would be nowhere without your support. Our vision seemed scary to a lot of people, but a unified BK is a more prosperous BK. I am humbled to serve as your representative. Let’s continue the work!”

The incumbent is highly likely to hold onto her seat in the November general election due to the heavily-Democratic district, which covers parts or all of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, and Canarsie.

She faced the same slate candidates that ran against her during the May 14 special election to fill the seat after now-Public Advocate Jumaane Williams vacated it in another special election for that office in February.

Louis beat Chandler-Waterman with a 13-point lead, similar to her last contest, but this time the two shared almost all of the votes, with the other hopefuls — Anthony Alexis, Victor Jordan, Jovia Radix, Xamayla Rose, Adina Sash, and L. Rickie Tulloch — each raking in less than 2 percent.

The frontrunners formerly worked on then-councilman Williams’s staff and the Public Advocate backed Chandler-Waterman during both elections, even though Louis held a higher position as deputy chief of staff.

However, Louis bagged the support from several influential Brooklyn Dems, including the Democratic party boss Frank Seddio, Borough President Eric Adams, as well as Mayor-in-absentia and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio, who congratulated Louis on her victory.

“Congrats to @FarahNLouis on tonight’s primary win in the 45th Council district,” he said in a Tuesday night tweet. “She’s hit the ground running this year and I look forward to working with her to fight for communities in central Brooklyn.

Kings County voters also got to cast their ballot for three judicial races.

Caroline Cohen won the Democratic race for the Civil Court’s Sixth Municipal District with 43.4 percent and 6,477 votes, defeating three challengers.

For the same court, Derefim Bernadette Neckles won in a landslide with 72 percent and 28,323 votes, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections.

Margarita Lopez-Torres, the incumbent for the Surrogate’s Court, defeated her two challengers with 52.7 percent and 22,542 votes, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections. Meredith R. Jones finished second with 24.7 percent of the votes, while Elena Baron recorded 22.2 percent.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 4:38 pm, June 28, 2019
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Jim from Cobble Gill says:
7 challengers? It's like why bother?
June 26, 2019, 8:14 am
Sam says:
Why are judges elected? I tried to ask Ms. Cohen this question at the subway station but she was too busy campaigning for a policy discussion. And while I am complaining, is it too much to ask for campaign staff to clean the platforms of their literature after it is tossed on the ground by people who never wanted it in the first place?
June 26, 2019, 12:31 pm
Zybignew says:
They only care about being elected. Ask them a good question and they don't want to bother.
June 26, 2019, 8:51 pm
Karina from Williamsburg says:
Why is she named after Nation of Islam leader Louis Farhakan??
June 27, 2019, 7:06 am

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