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Cavalier Johnson elected first black mayor of Milwaukee, CNN projects

“This city, for the first time in its 176-year history, elected its first black mayor. We did it,” Johnson said Tuesday.

Johnson, who at 35 is also the city’s first millennial mayor, defeated former Milwaukee Councilman Bob Donovan in the special election for a shortened two-year term. He took office as the city’s acting mayor last December, after incumbent Tom Barrett resigned to become US ambassador to Luxembourg.

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