Many Firsts in 2017 Election

by: AFRO Staff
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In an election widely viewed as a rebuke to President Donald Trump and his policies, Nov. 7 marked a day of many firsts as several Black candidates in the United States won political offices that had not been occupied by their race or gender.  Some of the politicians embarking on their firsts include:

Brendon Barber

Brendon Barber was elected as the first Black mayor of Georgetown, S.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter was elected as St. Paul, Minn.’s first Black mayor.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Parham Copelan

Mary Parham Copelan was elected as the first Black woman to become mayor in Milledgeville, Ga.

 

 

 

 

Wilmot Collins

Wilmot Collins was elected as the first Black mayor of Helena, Montana.

 

 

 

 

 

Booker Gainor

Booker Gainor was elected as Cairo, Ga.’s first Black mayor.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins was elected as the first transgender Black women to join the City Council of Minneapolis.

 

 

 

 

 

Vi Lyles

Vi Lyles was elected as the first Black woman mayor in Charlotte, N.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan McCollar

Jonathan McCollar was elected as the first Black mayor of Statesboro, Ga.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver was elected as the first Black woman to become lieutenant governor in New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

 

Mazahir Salih

Mazahir Salih was elected as the first Sudanese-American to the Iowa City Council.

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Spicer

Yvonne Spicer was elected the first Black woman to become mayor of the city of Framingham, Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

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