He had come to it as part of an exchange program with the New Statesman, a British publication,
and had elected to remain in the wonderful and wild New York City of the late disco era.
I first thought it had to be "been elected" but I've found a bunch of "had elected" so I guess it's a correct usage.
Would you tell me what the difference is between the two?
I could have gone to Oxford University or to Harvard but I elected to give up studying and get a job!
I was offered a place at several universities including Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, but I elected to go to Southampton Uni.