Democrat Julie Menin Wins UES City Council Seat

Julie Menin for City Council poster on the Upper East Side/Upper East Site
Julie Menin for City Council poster on the Upper East Side/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – Tonight, the Upper East Side chose it’s next member of City Council to succeed Ben Kallos representing us here in District 5— and to the surprise of almost no one, Democratic candidate Julie Menin trounced her republican opponent Mark Foley. 

Menin, whose credentials include runs NYC Census Director and Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, defeated Foley handily in the race in part thanks to Democrats’ four-to-one voter advantage on the Upper East Side— with more than 81-thousand Democrats registered to vote in District 5.

Just before 10:30 pm, the New York Times called the race— projecting Menin to be the winner.

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Here’s how the numbers break down– according to the Board of Elections, Julie Menin received 74% of the votes cast to just 25% received by her Republican opponent Mark Foley , with 96.75% of ballot scanners reporting.

Julie Menin campaigns on election day/@JulieMenin via Twitter
Julie Menin campaigns on election day/@JulieMenin via Twitter

Both Foley and Menin spent the day campaigning on the Upper East Side, working to turn out the vote all day— with polls open until 9:00 pm Tuesday night. 

“We’re the party of science. We’re the party of facts,” Menin said in a joint campaign video with Councilman Brad Lander— a candidate for Borough President— released Tuesday afternoon, encouraging voters to choose Democrats down the line. 

“We’re the party that’s going to get it done for New York City,” Menin added.

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Menin succeeds current Councilman for District 5 Ben Kallos, who is term-limited from running again. Kallos has endorsed Menin to fill his seat— one in a long list of local officials who back the former Census Director. 

Julie Menin and Councilman Ben Kallos campaign into the night on Tuesday/@JulieMenin via Twitter
Julie Menin and Councilman Ben Kallos campaign into the night on Tuesday/@JulieMenin via Twitter

Menin won the Democratic nomination for District 5 as the last person standing in the City’s first ranked choice voting primary election, beating Trisha Shimamura in the sixth round with 56% of the vote— a total of 12,083 votes, according to the NYC Board of Elections. 

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