Politics & Government
Wed October 10, 2012
Daphne Voters Elect City's First Black Mayor
A Daphne man has become the first black person to win election as mayor of the Alabama city.
Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/ReoyyT) that Bailey Yelding Jr. had previously taken office as mayor by way of appointment.
In an election Tuesday night, complete but unofficial results showed that he won Yelding won by a 121-vote margin over one-term City Councilman Derek Boulware.
Yelding, a former teacher and coach, served for 11 years on the City Council before his colleagues tapped him last year for the city's top post after Fred Small's sudden resignation. He ran on a platform of experience and stability.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.