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The same Virginia city that recently hosted the violent protests of white supremacists and neo-Nazis has elected Nikuyah Walker, an African American woman, mayor.

According to Newsweek, the city council appointed Nikuyah Walker Tuesday night with a 4-1 vote, making her the first black women to serve as mayor in the city of more than 40,000 people and the first independent candidate to be elected since 1948.

She ran on a platform of promoting equity by addressing issues such as “past gentrification” but not repeating it, according to her campaign website.

Walker told CBS19 News that she doesn’t traditionally follow the rules but is ready to take on this challenge.

“I go into a room and I challenge immediately,” said Walker. “I challenge myself and I challenge other people.”


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