2021 Elections: Who’s running in the 40th Council District


The candidates vying to replace Mathieu Eugene, the longest-serving member of the City Council, face a laundry list of issues at the forefront of their would-be constituents’ minds.

A dozen candidates are currently filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board to run for Eugene’s seat, and ultimately represent the 40th district which spans Flatbush, Kensington and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The next councilmember can expect to deal with the minutiae of neighborhood issues like sanitation, district-wide issues such as building affordable housing, and citywide issues like police reform, property tax reform, and pandemic recovery.

Here’s a rundown of eight of the leading candidates in the race for Council, in alphabetical order by last name:

Cecilia Cortez 

Money raised through contributions: $9,629

Cecilia Cortez.Courtesy of campaign

Cecilia Cortez, the vice president of the Ditmas Park West Association, said she is running to give back to the community she has called home for 27 years.