Eliazar Posada will fill the vacant seat on Carrboro Town Council, according to unofficial results from the Tuesday election.
Posada will be the first openly gay Latino serving in North Carolina when he takes office in June.
He will take over the seat vacated by Damon Seils when he was elected mayor of Carrboro in November. Posada will serve the remainder of Seil’s council term, which ends in 2023.
"I look forward to welcoming him officially as Council Member Posada on June 7," Seils said about Posada in a tweet.
Posada received endorsements from Chapel Hill Town Council members Paris Miller-Foushee and Tai Huynh and state representatives Graig Meyer and Ricky Hurtado.
He defeated Aja Kelleher, the other candidate running for the seat, by a wide margin. Posada finished with 3,396 votes, winning 74.44 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Kelleher finished with 1,123 votes, 24.64 percent.
“First, thank you for the enormous trust that people are putting in me,” Posada said. “And second, that I'm gonna do everything I can to make them proud.”
Posada said that regardless of the results, he planned to continue to work in the community through the Carrboro Planning Board and other groups he is a part of.
“I'm going to continue working for the community I've been working for, for the last six years," he said.