He was wrongfully imprisoned. Now, he might win a NYC Council seat.

Exonerated “Central Park Five” member Yusef Salaam is poised to win a seat Nov. 7 on the New York City Council, marking a stunning reversal of fortune for a political newcomer who was wrongly imprisoned as a teenager in the infamous rape case.

Mr. Salaam, a Democrat, will represent a central Harlem district on the City Council, having run unopposed for the seat in one of many local elections playing out across New York state. He won his primary election in a landslide.

The victory will come more than two decades after DNA evidence was used to overturn the convictions of Mr. Salaam and four other Black and Latino men in the 1989 rape and beating of a white jogger in Central Park. Mr. Salaam was imprisoned for almost seven years.

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