A former refugee who got here to Montana greater than 20 years in the past was elected to steer its capital metropolis, Helena, changing into the primary black individual to develop into mayor within the state’s historical past.
Wilmot Collins ousted four-term Jim Smith in Tuesday evening’s mayoral race, capping off an evening of historic firsts all through the nation.
“After last night’s historic firsts for many leaders across the country, Wilmot is confident that the future of this country favors a union of people from all different walks of life,” a marketing campaign spokesperson informed the Daily News in a press release.
“Most importantly, Wilmot is honored to be granted the opportunity to go to work for the hardworking and inspiring citizens of Helena!”
Hoboken elects first Sikh mayor days after racist flyer
The spokesperson confirmed he’ll be the primary black candidate in Montana’s historical past to win a mayoral election.
Collins got here to the U.S. 23 years in the past, fleeing civil warfare in his native Liberia. He went on to develop into an American citizen and labored within the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, specializing in little one safety.
But he wasn’t the lone newly elected official to make historical past Tuesday evening.
Voters in Hoboken chosen Ravinder Bhalla as the town’s first Sikh mayor, beating out 5 opponents to steer the New Jersey metropolis.
First overtly transgender African American girl elected
His victory Tuesday evening ended a marketing campaign marred in the previous couple of days by racist flyers that accused the present councilman of being a terrorist.
“We’ve been through a bruising campaign…but now is the time we come together and see who we can work with to bring this city forward,” the Garden State native mentioned Tuesday evening.
Danica Roem turned the primary open transgender individual to win a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
The former reporter defeated 13-term incumbent Del. Bob Marshall.
Democrat Ralph Northam elected governor of Virginia
She confronted a troublesome run as Marshall’s marketing campaign attacked her gender id alongside the path.
Andrea Jenkins additionally made historical past, changing into the primary black transgender girl elected within the United States.
She gained a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, ambading 73% of the Eighth Ward’s votes.
“As an African American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus,” she reportedly mentioned Tuesday evening. “Those days are over. We don’t just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table.”
Mayor de Blasio defeats Malliotakis to earn second time period
Seattle on Tuesday elected a lady as mayor for the primary time because the 1920s — and simply the second within the Coffee City’s historical past.
That was a given, nonetheless, since her opponent was additionally a lady. But she additionally made historical past as Seattle’s first overtly bad mayor.
Twenty-one candidates initially ran for mayor earlier this 12 months following the resignation of embattled Mayor Ed Murray.
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