Mayoral Elections Make History Nationwide

by Bella Ishanyan, News Editor

Michelle Wu

Boston, MA

Michelle Wu became the first woman, person of color and Asian-American elected to the office. Wu received support from elected officials including Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and former Acting Mayor Kim Janey, who said that Wu “is the candidate with the record and the values to not only protect the progress we have made, but build upon it to create a city that is more equitable, just, and resilient.”

photo courtesy of The New York Times

Justin Bibb

Cleveland, OH

Different from your typical mayoral candidate, Justin Bibb, who identifies first as a businessperson, then a politician, was elected mayor of Cleveland, beating his opponent Kevin Kelley by 15,184 votes. His work with mayors, business leaders and community organizations across the country as the Chief Strategy Officer of Urbanova, a start-up that works to improve cities, led to his election to be Cleveland’s first new mayor in 16 years, succeeding Frank G. Jackson.

photo courtesy of Bloomberg

Abdullah Hammoud

Dearborn, MI

Abdullah Hammoud was elected as the first Arab-American and Muslim mayor of Dearborn, the eighth most populated city in Mich. and​​ known for its sizeable Middle-Eastern and Muslim population. Hammoud previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives, and helped to attain large funds for small business and public school funding in his district. After the election results were released, Hammoud said in a speech: “There is a new era in Dearborn.”

photo courtesy of Michigan House Democrats