Two black candidates won election to the Danville, Ill., city council yesterday as voters ended all-white rule of local government in an attempt to settle a voting-rights lawsuit.
"I am elated," said Lester Brown, an accountant and one of two black aldermen elected in the city's 1st Ward. "Most of the people in my ward feel they finally have someone who represents their interest," Brown said.
With all six precincts reported, Brown got 555 votes. Eugene Thompson won the other seat with 470 votes.
In the mayoral race, Vermilion County Treasurer Bob Jones led bakery owner Gerry Arnholt with 38 of 44 precincts reported.
Herbert Hales Jr., a white candidate, led Gayle Brandon, who is black, in the race for treasurer.
Elsewhere, former Manchester, N.H., mayor Emile Beaulieu defeated Alderman Fernand Gelinas in the Democratic mayoral primary. Beaulieu will face Republican Raymond Wieczorek, who was unopposed in the primary, in the city's Nov. 3 general election to succeed Mayor Robert Shaw, who is running for governor.
In Hartford, Conn., state Rep. Carrie Saxon Perry won the Democratic mayoral nomination. If Perry wins the general election, she will be the first black female mayor in the Northeast.
Democratic mayors Thomas W. Bucci of Bridgeport, Biagio DiLieto of New Haven, James E. Dyer of Danbury and William J. McNamara of New Britain all won renomination.
In Washington, a state Senate primary that pitted two liberal Democratic state House members -- former judge Janice Niemi and Jesse Wineberry -- drew some interest. The winner would represent a Seattle district.
In New York City, Fernando Ferrer, the interim borough president of the scandal-ridden Bronx, faced a Democratic primary challenge from insurgent Rafael Mendez. Ferrer was selected in April to replace Stanley Simon, who resigned shortly before he was indicted on corruption charges.
Voters in Tucson were picking nominees to face off in November to succeed Republican Mayor Lewis C. Murphy, who is stepping down after 16 years.