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Columbia Gets Its First Black Mayor

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Steve Benjamin thanking his supporters last night at the Convention Center. Steve Benjamin thanking his supporters last night at the Convention Center.

By Artisa Ricks

Posted April 21, 2010 03:38 PM

Tuesday night was historic for the city of Columbia as attorney Steve Benjamin was elected as the city's first black mayor.  Benjamin beat Columbia City Councilman Kirkman Finlay with 56 percent of the vote compared to Finlay's 44 percent.

A strong turnout in the area around Benedict College, including a huge turnout by Benedict students, sealed the victory. 

The newly elected mayor celebrated his win at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center with his supporters.

"Excited about having a role in shaping the future of the city, and just trying to create a great city, a place where young people can leave campus and find a great job," said Benjamin.

His supporters were excited too.

"I'm excited for something different, more diversity...I want to cry because I'm so excited," said Anthony Morgan.

Steve Benjamin will be sworn into office in June.

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