Edison, NJ, school board: Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel

In the Edison, New Jersey, school board race, Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel were targeted by racist fliers that said “Make Edison Great Again.”

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Shi and Patel won two of the three seats on the Edison school board.  New Jersey also elected its first-ever African-American lieutenant governor, Shelia Oliver.

A Nassau County, NY seat: Laura Curran

Laura Curran, the Democratic candidate for executive in New York’s Nassau County, would “roll out the welcome mat” for violent gangs, a flier paid for by the state Republican National Committee warned.

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Jack Martins, her opponent, endorsed the ad personally on local television, saying “People may feel shocked about it, but this is what is preying on our communities.” The ad referred to Curran’s general support for liberal Democrats’ opposition to Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, he said.

Curran beat Martin by about three percentage points, after focusing on an anti-corruption message, becoming the county’s first woman executive.

Montana’s first black mayor: Wilmot Collins

Wilmot Collins, who came to the US after Liberia’s civil war in 1989, became Montana’s first black mayor after he was elected by the town of Helena.

Collins defeated 16-year incumbent Jim Smith, who attend an alt-right group meeting in the city, and pledged not to welcome refugees, attendees said. Collins has spoke about the refugee resettlement process in the US, including at the TEDx event above in February, but during his campaign focused on increasing funding for fire departments and police.

Minneapolis’s city council: Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins became the city’s first trans woman of color to be elected to the city council. A beloved figure for many in the city, Jenkins wasn’t targeted by negative ads, perhaps because she ran against Green Party Candidate.

Jenkins got 73% of the vote.

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