NEWORLEANS - After losing by a razor thin margin last weekend in the election for the city council at large seat, Cynthia Willard-Lewis conceded the race to Councilwoman Stacy Head.
Willard-Lewis called Head late Wednesday night and told her that she would not challenge the results of the race.
On Tuesday, Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell certified Head's 281 vote margin of victory over Willard-Lewis.
Head, who has represented District B on the council since 2006, is expected to be sworn in to the at-large seat on Wednesday.
Willard-Lewis released the following statement Thursday:
'I would like thank the over 55,000 voters who participated in the democratic process during the last few weeks, including early and absentee voters. At this time I would like to offer my support and sincere congratulations to newly-elected Councilmember-At-Large, Stacey Head.
I also thank the 27,506 citizens of our great city, who voted for me, and I urge each of them to fully support our city councilmembers and mayor in all efforts to improve our city. There is so much work that still must be done to effectively rebuild all of New Orleans. I urge everyone to stay engaged and continue to work daily for a safer, economically stronger, and more vibrant city.'