Sandra Spaulding Hughes will replace Thomas Wright in the state House.
The former Wilmington city councilwoman was named Thurday as the new representative in District 18, taking the place of Wright, who was expelled last month, reports the Wilmington Star-News.
The decision was made by a group of Democratic Party members from the district.
"I am elated," Hughes told the paper. "The community is now going to say we have someone in the position."
She was one of five candidates for the position, including former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson and chef and community activist Hollis Briggs.
Hughes and Briggs will face off again in the May primary.