Jennifer Gutiérrez, 35, the Democratic candidate in a City Council district that includes parts of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Ridgewood, is expected to win election on Nov. 2.
The one-time chief of staff to outgoing incumbent Antonio Reynoso—likely to be Brooklyn’s next borough president—is favored in the Democratic stronghold of District 34, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens.
Growing up in Queens as the daughter of Colombian immigrants, Gutiérrez started getting involved in her community work just out of college. “I wanted to dedicate myself to advocating for families like mine, like my parents. And that’s the work of a representative,” she said in an interview. “It’s our responsibility to make sure that people who can’t access the services or resources that they deserve can gain access.”