The election on Tuesday, November 7th 2017 resulted in several minority winners. Congrats to all of the winners and we look forward to their success as they begin their term.
Meet the winners:
Andrea Jenkins is the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the U.S. She was elected to the Minneapolis City Council.
Jenkins is a poet, activist and historian who is passionate about social issues, in part because of her experience as a transgender woman.
Visit her site to read about her campaign.
Justin Fairfax, is the second African American to be elected to state-wide office in Virgina history. He holds degrees in public policy and law from Duke University and Columbia Law School, respectively.
Fairfax, an Annandale attorney and former federal prosecutor, is the second African American to be elected statewide in Virginia, after L. Douglas Wilder, who served as lieutenant governor and then governor from 1986 to 1994.
Visit his site to read about his campaign in detail.
Melvin Carter is the first African American mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota.
He attended Saint Paul Central High School in St. Paul, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Vist his site for more information about his campaign.
Vi Lyles was elected as Charlotte's first female African American mayor. She has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Queens University of Charlotte and a master of public administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lyles, 66, spent three decades in city hall as a budget official and as assistant city manager. She’ll be the first former city administrator in the mayor’s office.
Visit her site to read more about her campaign.
***This post was written Nov. 8th. Additional winners may have been announced after this post was written. Those winners were not omitted intentionally.