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Mathieu Eugene Wins Primary for Longtime Flatbush Council Seat

By Rachel Holliday Smith | September 13, 2017 10:20am | Updated on September 13, 2017 2:01pm
 New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene has served in the 40 Council District since 2007.
New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene has served in the 40 Council District since 2007.
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FLATBUSH — Mathieu Eugene secured the Democratic nomination for the Flatbush City Council seat and will likely remain in the seat he's held for a decade.

Despite facing two well-funded challengers, who picked up more than 20 percent of the vote each, Eugene received 40.15 percent of vote, according to results from the New York Board of Elections. 

He beat out political staffer Brian Cunningham, who picked up 30.23 percent of the vote, entrepreneur Pia Raymond, who claimed 22.39 percent, and housing advocate Jennifer Berkley, who received 6.23 percent.

Eugene has served in the District 40 seat since a special election in 2007, when he was sworn in as the first Haitian-born City Council representative in New York. According to term limits set in 2010, Eugene is allowed to serve only one more term on the Council.

Eugene does not face a Republican challenger for the general election Nov. 7, but Cunningham will be on the ballot as the candidate for the Reform Party.

However, Cunningham told DNAinfo New York on Wednesday he has not yet decided whether he will continue to run his campaign through to the November election.