After finishing second in the June primary for the 14th NYC Council District in the west Bronx, Yudelka Tapia did not give up.
In August, the tide turned in her direction as New York State Assemblyman Victor Pichardo stepped down to spend more time with his family and the Bronx Democratic Party nominated Tapia to replace him. And when a special election was called, no one stepped up to oppose her.
On Nov. 2, she garnered 4,545 votes in the uncontested race and will now begin representing a densely populated area encompassing University Heights, Tremont and the Morris Heights sections of the Bronx. Tapia will serve out the remainder of Pichardo’s unexpired term, which runs through the end of 2022, before she can run for a full two-year term in the statehouse.