GARY, Ind. — Former Indiana Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson will be the first woman to lead the struggling city of Gary.
Freeman-Wilson easily defeated Republican Charles Smith Jr. Tuesday in the race to succeed Mayor Rudy Clay, who did not seek re-election because of health problems. With some precincts still not reporting, Freeman-Wilson had received 86 percent of the vote.
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Gary has not elected a Republican mayor since 1938, and Freeman-Wilson was widely expected to win.
Before Tuesday’s election, only 11 of the state’s 119 cities had female mayors. Freeman-Wilson is Gary’s first female Mayor and Indiana’s first Black, female mayor.
Freeman-Wilson’s election came on her third try for the office. She also ran for Gary mayor in 2003 and 2007.
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2. Victims lie on the ground after an attack on Rue Bichat in Central Paris.
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3. A young woman cries at a vigil held by a local French community in Sydney.
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4. A single rose following multiple terror attacks in the French city of Paris.
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9. Two friends hug in the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris.
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10. Residents leave flowers for victims and their loved ones.
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11. At least 127 people were left dead following multiple terror attacks in Paris on Friday.
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12. Residents leave flowers for victims and their loved ones.
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13. Blood from the scene following the Bataclan Theatre attack.
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