“Black women have been the most loyal supporters of the Democratic Party, through thick and thin,” Avis Jones-DeWeever, an adviser to the Black Women’s Roundtable, said during September’s Congressional Black Caucus conference. She said the party has focused more on wooing back “white male voters who have not supported the Democratic Party for 50 years” rather than “watering the garden in your own back yard.”
- Yvonne Spicer, a black woman, will become the first mayor in the 317-year history of Framingham, Mass. The town voted in the spring to become a city instead of a maintaining a town government.
- Vi Lyles will be the first black female mayor of Charlotte. She spent three decades as a city administrator before running for office.
- Mary Parham-Copelan will become the first black mayor of Milledgeville, Ga.
- Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender black woman elected to office, won her Minneapolis City Council race.