Democrat Glenn A. Choolokian, a city Water Authority employee, was elected Tuesday to a one-year term on the Niagara Falls City Council.
Choolokian defeated Conservative George J. Lodick III, 8,572-5,815. Lodick also appeared on the Republican and Independence lines.
Choolokian takes the seat that had been held by appointment by James C. Stewart since Jan. 1. Stewart was named to succeed Vincenzo V. Anello on the Council after Anello was elected mayor last year.
"I've been brought up my whole life on hard work," Choolokian said. "I'm an honest, hard-working guy. I guess the people of Niagara Falls decided they wanted a regular guy."
Choolokian, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic mayoral primary last year, was attacked by Lodick for taking part in a $1.7 million lawsuit against the city.
The suit, filed on behalf of several Water Authority employees, charged that they lost seniority and the chance to bid on other city jobs when they were transferred without their consent from the regular city payroll to the Water Authority.
"I'll never be ashamed of that lawsuit," Choolokian said. "The City of Niagara Falls has a history of doing things that are wrong."
Lodick, owner of a recycling business, was making his first run for public office.
In elections for four town offices, the Republican incumbents were all unopposed.
In Cambria, Jon T. MacSwanwon a three-year unexpired term as highway superintendent with 1,475 votes.
MacSwan was appointed by the Town Board in September. Willard Antoncich resigned after being named as the target of a still unfinished criminal investigation into alleged irregularities in homeowners' payments for town installation of driveway culvert pipe.
Three town justices won new four-year terms: Henry G. Peters of Cambria with 2,223 votes, Walter G. Holmes of Porter with 2,601 votes and John Mattio of Wheatfield with 6,101 votes.