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Melvin Carter elected first black mayor of St. Paul

November 8, 2017

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter celebrates his win with family and friends, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Voters in St. Paul have elected the city’s first African-American mayor.

Former City Council member Melvin Carter beat a field of 10 candidates Tuesday according to unofficial election returns. The 38-year-old Carter is executive director of Gov. Mark Dayton’s Children’s Cabinet. He campaigned on reducing educational and employment disparities and improving police-community relations.

Carter told his supporters Tuesday night at the Union Depot that he’s elated, yet humbled. He succeeds Mayor Chris Coleman who’s running for governor.

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