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Several key elections across the nation on Tuesday set the stage for a trio of historic mayoral wins for Black candidates. Dr. Karen Weaver (pictured) of Flint. Mich., Paula Hicks-Hudson of Toledo, Ohio, and Ed Johnson of Fayetteville, Ga. all made history in their respective elections.

Dr. Weaver, a clinical psychologist and businesswoman, was an unlikely victor, as she is a political newbie. Still, she was able to defeat incumbent Dayne Walling running on a platform of transparency and exposing the outgoing mayor’s political mishaps regarding the city’s water supply. The 56-year-old Michigan State University graduate is the first woman elected in Flint’s history. The late Floyd J. McCree broke the city’s race barrier in the mayor’s seat back in 1966.

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