(CNN) Democrat Shontel Brown, a member of Cuyahoga County Council, will win Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, CNN projects Tuesday. The seat left by the former rep. Marcia Fudge, who became President Joe Biden’s Secretary for Housing and Urban Development earlier this year.
CNN expected Brown’s victory over Republican candidate Laverne Gore on Tuesday.
Brown’s victory is not expected to affect the balance of power for the US House of Representatives, where Democrats have a slim majority of 3 seats. That’s because Ohio is holding another special election in the 15th Congressional District to fill the seat of GOP Representative Steve Stivers, who resigned earlier this year. This district is considered safe Republican, and GOP Representative Mike Carey is expected to win Tuesday.
Brown, who is based in Cleveland, worked in marketing before entering politics and set up a printing company to support small businesses. In 2012, she became a member of Warrensville Heights City Council and was elected chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party in 2017, becoming the first woman and black American in the position.
She campaigned to work to curb gun violence by supporting gun security measures, including banning the sale of firearms to those convicted of domestic violence or a hate crime. Brown also committed to ensuring equality among Covid-19 relief efforts and maternal health.
Gore, who is also a Cleveland native and a businesswoman, campaigned to reduce welfare, promote police training and improve illiteracy. She launched a failed bid against Fudge in the 2020 election and lost by 60 percentage points.
Brown was a favorite to win the seat in the highly democratic, Cleveland-based district, where President Joe Biden won 80% of the vote. She defeated Nina Turner, a close ally of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in the Democratic primary in August.
Brown had the support of heavy hits in the Democratic Party, including Biden and the South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3-ranked House Democrat. She also had the support of Hillary Clinton and the Congressional Black Caucus.
“It’s a slim majority and we need a team player,” Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty, president of the CBC, urging voters to vote for Brown in the primary, told CNN earlier. “We need someone who is willing to say that they will override their own showmanship, their own ego, their own platform if it is not in line with the democratic platform.”