Nury Martinez soundly defeated rival Cindy Montañez on Tuesday in the special election to fill an open east San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
Martinez, a former Los Angeles school board member, becomes the only female elected official in the nation's second-largest city.
Final results from the city clerk's office showed Martinez received 4,917 votes, or 54.6% of the total, compared with 4,093 votes, or 45.4%, for Montañez. Final tallies of the vote are on the city clerk's website.
Just 10.2% of the district's 89,118 eligible voters cast ballots, according to the preliminary final count. The heavily Latino district includes the communities of Van Nuys, Pacoima and Sun Valley.
The stand-alone election -- to replace Councilman Tony Cardenas, now a congressman -- fell just two months after city voters went to the polls to pick a new mayor, controller, city attorney and six new council members.