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 Post subject: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:25 am 
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Freeman-Wilson poised to become Indiana's first black female mayor

GARY | Karen Freeman-Wilson is poised to become the first black female mayor in Indiana.

Unofficial voting results Tuesday night indicated Freeman-Wilson, a former city judge and Indiana attorney general, won the city's Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday night by a 2-1 majority over Councilwoman Ragen Hatcher. Hatcher is the daughter of former Mayor Richard Hatcher who in 1968 became the first black mayor of Gary.

"It is an honor to make history, but I stand on the shoulders of great women like Earline Rogers locally," the Harvard-educated attorney said.

Seven other active candidates finished with little of the remaining vote.

Freeman-Wilson will face Republican Charles R. Smith Jr. in the fall general election, but her nomination is tantamount to victory in this overwhelmingly Democratic stronghold.

"If Gary elects an African-American female as mayor, that would be an exciting first in Indiana," said Jennifer P. Simmons, associate executive director of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

Hundreds of supporters, many of them wearing electric blue "Karen about Gary" T-shirts, packed the Genesis Convention Center in downtown Gary to celebrate.

Freeman-Wilson became the odds-on favorite last month after incumbent Mayor Rudy Clay announced he had prostate cancer, called off his re-election efforts and endorsed Freeman-Wilson as his successor.

"The decision people made tonight was the right thing because this is going to decide the fate of Gary for decades to come," said Clay, who made an early appearance at the party Tuesday night.

But before Clay's departure from the race, Wilson already was winning endorsements from several Democratic Party district captains as well as officeholders such as County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen, D-Gary, and County Clerk Mike Brown.

"Today is almost overwhelming," Freeman-Wilson said. "It was the first day I really got to enjoy meeting the voters. I had the most poignant conversation with residents outside of the Dorie Miller housing projects, and they talked about jobs and crime and cleaning up the city.

"That is the message that resonated throughout the city no matter where I went, and that is my mission."

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 Post subject: Re: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 1:35 am 
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Not that I been paying much attention but why have we not heard very much about her, especially if she is apparently so popular? :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:39 pm 
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Regionite wrote:
Not that I been paying much attention but why have we not heard very much about her, especially if she is apparently so popular? :shock:


Is this chick gay?

Rumor has it...the rumor has it...Oooh....isn't there a first ever female fire chief....fishy... :smt006

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 Post subject: Re: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
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Do you make that same assumption about all mayors and their appointees? McDermott and his fire chief bed buddies? Cost-us and his chief chums?


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 Post subject: Re: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
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Location: Stupid Liberals!
From a CP perspective, Dan Klien springs to mind.

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 Post subject: Re: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
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karent wrote:
Do you make that same assumption about all mayors and their appointees? McDermott and his fire chief bed buddies? Cost-us and his chief chums?



Nah, just kinda thinking about an investigation....with the new nepotism law and all.... :wink: :smt006

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 Post subject: Re: Freeman-Wilson to become Indiana's first black female mayor
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So now you think they are related? Just throwing out ideas, are you?


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