Melvin Carter Elected First Black Mayor of St. Paul
ST. PAUL (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.