Rawlson King has emerged from a field of 17 candidates to become the next Ottawa City Councillor to represent Ward 13 Rideau-Rockcliffe.
Unofficial results from the City of Ottawa show King with 1,529 votes, good for 18 per cent of the ballots cast. That is just 123 more votes than runner-up Jamie Kwong.
Penny Thompson ended up as second runner-up with just over 10 per cent of the overall vote.
Congratulations @rawlsonking on your win! I look forward to working with you and to your contributions to Rideau-Rockcliffe and on City Council. I’d also like to thank all those who’ve put their name on the ballot in this by-election - our democracy is stronger because of you.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) April 16, 2019
In October of last year, King was named to the Ottawa Police Service's revamped community equity council.
In a tweet he said he was looking forward to providing advice and insight on strengthening relationships between the OPS and Indigenous, faith-based and racialized communities.
Freezing transit fares and fair urban planning were two ideas that King built his byelection campaign on.
He was endorsed by city councillors Catherine McKenney and Shawn Menard.