Urban Girl Mag | Black women around the country made history during election day 2017
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Black women around the country made history during election day 2017

Democrat candidate Phil Murphy was elected Governor of the state of New Jersey last night. Along with Murphy’s win history was made as Sheila Oliver became New Jersey’s first black woman Lieutenant Governor and New Jersey’s first black woman Lieutenant  Governor (above photo). Here’s a list of black women who made history and were elected into office across the country during last night’s national election:

 

 

Sheila Oliver– New Jersey’s first African American Lieutenant Governor

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Vi Lyles – Is now Charlotte, North Carolina’s first African American woman mayor.

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Mary Parham Copelan – Was elected mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia. Making her the first black woman to do so.

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Yvonne Spicer –  Elected as the first mayor of the new city Framingham, Massachusetts.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms – Is currently in the runoff against Mary Norwood to become Atlanta’s next mayor. If she wins she’ll be Atlanta’s first black female mayor.

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Black men made history as well; here are some high lights :

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Wilmont Collins – Becomes the first black mayor in Montana’s history.

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Brendon Barber – The first African American elected as mayor in Georgetown, South Carolina

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Melvin Carter– The first African American mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota

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Justin Fairfax– The second African American to be elected to statewide office in the state of Virginia

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