ABOVE PHOTO: Andre Rainey, Andrea Jenkins, Justin Fairfax, Vi Lyles, Melvin Carter, and Sheila Oliver
Black political excellence was in full effect on Tuesday, Nov. 7 Election Day!
As the results for the local elections began rolling in on Tuesday night, the nation witnessed a shift in political representation, one many are calling a sign of resistance and hope for a better future. Here are some of the candidates that won big and made history in the process.
- Sheila Oliver, who was elected as the first Black Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
- Melvin Carter, who was elected as the first Black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Vi Lyles, who became the first Black woman to be elected as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Justin Fairfax, who was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, making him the second African- American to be elected to the position since Reconstruction.
- Andre Rainey, who was elected as the youngest mayor of Peekskill, New York.
- Jonathan McCollar, who was elected as the first Black mayor of Statesboro, Georgia.
- Mary Parham Copelan, who was elected as the first Black woman mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia.
- Brendon Barber, who became the first African American to be elected mayor of Georgetown, South Carolina.
- Andrea Jenkins, who became the first African- American transgender woman to be elected to the city council of a major city.
- Booker Gainor, who was elected as the first African- American mayor of Cairo, Georgia.
- Wilmot Collins, who was elected as the first Black mayor in Montana’s state history.
- Yvonne Spicer, who was elected as the first mayor of the new city Framingham, Massachusetts.
Congratulations to all the new elects! Thank you for blazing a trail and being an inspiration to young children that look like you who dream of one day running for office.