Brooke Pinto Declares Victory In Ward 2 Special Election

Brooke Pinto Declares Victory In Ward 2 Special Election

The DCist | By Natalie Delgadillo | June 18, 2020

This is an abridged version of the article. The full version is available at https://dcist.com/story/20/06/18/brooke-pinto-declares-victory-in-ward-2-special-election/

Two weeks after winning the Ward 2 primary election, political newcomer Brooke Pinto has declared victory again—this time in the special election to fill the Ward 2 seat.

Pinto will serve the rest of former councilmember Jack Evans’ term. He resigned earlier this year under threat of expulsion after multiple investigations found that he had committed repeated ethics violations.

Six candidates’ names were on the ballot in the special election, though Pinto’s second two strongest competitors in the primary (Jordan Grossman and Patrick Kennedy) announced they would not campaign after losing the primary.

Pinto won handily, with 40 percent of the vote. Kennedy took 21.7 percent of the vote, while Grossman took 15.7 percent. The only Republican in the field, Katherine Venice, won 4.59 percent of the vote.

Venice is also running against Pinto in the general election in November, as is independent challenger Martín Miguel Fernandez, who threw his hat in the ring on Wednesday.

“I am proud to have won the Special Election to fill the vacant Ward 2 Council seat for the rest of this term,” Pinto said in a written statement after her win. “Thank you to the voters and residents of Ward 2 for putting your trust in me to lead and care for our community during this important moment in our history. I am honored to be Ward 2’s first woman to hold this seat and the youngest member of the DC Council in history.”

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