CLEVELAND (WJW)– Democrat Shontel Brown defeated Republican Laverne Gore to become the next U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District. The Associated Press declared a winner before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
She fills the position left open by Marcia Fudge when she accepted the role of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Brown first got into politics as a member of the Warrensville Height City Council in 2012. She now serves on the Cuyahoga County Council and is the chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.
She faced a tough primary against Nina Turner, who enlisted the help of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during the campaign.
Ohio’s 11th Congressional District includes parts of Cleveland and Akron, as well as Shaker Heights, Bedford, Richfield and Fairlawn.