The victory of the immigrant, Yemi Mobolade represents a political earthquake in Colorado Springs, long known as a conservative stronghold.
Wayne Williams is a Republican while Mobolade is unaffiliated, making me the first-ever non-Republican mayor elected in the city of Colorado Springs.
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The Nigerian businessman with no political experience defeated Wayne Williams on Tuesday night in the city’s runoff contest.
He received 57% of the vote to Williams’ 43% as of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Williams conceded at about 7:30 p.m. The percentage remained the same when the second batch of results was released shortly before 9 p.m.
Mobolade will succeed a former Federal Prosecutor and Colorado Attorney General who was term-limited, to become the city’s 42nd mayor.
Mobolade’s decisive victory represents a political earthquake in Colorado Springs, long known as a conservative stronghold. Williams is a Republican while Mobolade is unaffiliated.
“Wow,” an incredulous Mobolade said to kick off his victory speech. “Wow. Wow. I am speechless.”
“This is our win,” Mobolade said. “We are Colorado Springs. It’s a new day in our beloved city. Do you believe that? Colorado Springs will become an inclusive, culturally rich, economically prosperous, safe, and vibrant city.”