In the Ninth Council District, which covers Cedarbrook, East and West Oak Lane, and areas immediately to the south and east, incumbent Marian Tasco has been billed as all but a sure bet to return to her Council seat.
So much so that Tasco is an expected front runner in the race for President of City Council, which will be one of the first official actions of Council next year.
But with 95% of precincts reporting there’s a bit if a shake up to those expectations as challenger Lamont Thomas is holding onto 29% of the vote.
Tasco still leads with 62.8%, but so far the Ninth is not the walk-off homer that many expected for the DROP enrollee.
Tasco’s second challenger Bobby Curry has brought in just under 8.25% of the vote so far.
Even if Tasco wins this election, and goes on the win the general election (there are no Republican candidates in the Ninth) she will still retire – for one day, to collect over $400,000 in her DROP retirement payout.
City backlash over the controversial DROP program has played a major role in opening five Council seats to new candidates this year.