19 Jun Brooke Pinto wins Ward 2 D.C. Council race to serve the rest of this year
The Washington Post |. By Julie Zauzmer. | June 18, 2020
Democrat Brooke Pinto won Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat that Jack Evans vacated on the D.C. Council and should begin representing Ward 2 on the council by the end of the month.
As soon as the election results are certified, Pinto will join the council for the remainder of the term, which runs through December.
Pinto was viewed as the heavy favorite to win the special election after she narrowly won the primary, two weeks earlier, to be the Democratic nominee to serve a full four-year term on the council beginning in 2021.
The 28-year-old lawyer, who until recently worked in the office of Attorney General Karl A. Racine, campaigned on promises of a fresh start for the ward, after Evans resigned over ethics violations, and of bringing a focus on gender equality.
She highlighted her age and gender in her statement celebrating her victory in the special election, saying, “I am honored to be Ward 2’s first woman to hold this seat and the youngest member of the DC Council in history.”
“There is much to do. Now, let’s get to work,” Pinto said, noting that she will have the opportunity to join the council before it votes on next year’s budget.
The city must cut hundreds of millions of dollars of spending because of the coronavirus-related economic shortfall, and council members are debating whether to cut funds from the D.C. police in response to protesters’ demands.
Evans represented Ward 2 on the council for nearly three decades before stepping down in January.