GOP millionaire Bloomberg wins New York mayor’s race; Cleveland chooses first woman mayor
Voters across the country chose mayors Tuesday, with New York awarding its top City Hall job to Republican millionaire Michael Bloomberg and Cleveland electing its first woman mayor.
Democrat Mark Green conceded the race to Bloomberg early Wednesday after a tight battle to determine who would oversee New York’s recovery from the World Trade Center attack.
”We gave it our all and it wasn’t enough,” Green said. ”I ask the city to support him,” he added.
In Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jane Campbell defeated Clinton administration appointee Raymond Pierce. Campbell succeeds Mayor Michael R. White, the city’s longest-serving mayor, who decided not to run for a fourth four-year term in the nonpartisan election.
Elsewhere, Miami incumbent Joe Carollo was ousted while Cincinnati’s Charles Luken won re-election, weathering criticism of his handling of riots triggered by the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white policeman.
Carollo placed third. The top two finishers Ï former Mayor Maurice Ferre and Manny Diaz, an attorney who represented the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez Ï will vie in a runoff Tuesday.
In other mayoral elections Tuesday:
With most votes counted, Democratic incumbent Lee Brown narrowly led Republican city councilman Orlando Sanchez. As mayor, it will be up to Brown to set a runoff date in the next month.