David Ryu has been elected to the Los Angeles City Council in a runoff election becoming the first Korean American ever elected to the council, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Ryu defeated Carolyn Ramsay 54% to 46%, a margin of 1612 votes. He will become the first Asian American on the City Council since Mike Woo left in 1993.
“All the big names, all the established players were not with us,” Ryu told the crowd. “But we had something more important, something stronger — it was the community leader, it was the block captain.”
Ramsay had been endorsed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson.