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Stephanie Miner becomes Syracuse’s first female mayor

Written by Sierra Jiminez

At-Large Common Councilor Stephanie Miner made Syracuse history Tuesday after winning the 53rd Mayoral race—the first female to win the election. Miner pulled a victory over Republican mayoral candidate Steve Kimatian, gaining 50.1 percent of the vote.

According to unofficial tallies of Tuesday’s election, Miner, a Democrat, received 11,237 votes. That’s 2,454 more votes than Kimatian who received 8,783 votes. Conservative party candidate Otis Jennings received 2,313 votes.

Miner has been vocal in her campaign about topics such as “Say Yes to Education” and Destiny USA. Her campaign goals include stimulating job growth in the city and increasing neighborhood services and public safety.

“Tonight, we have triumphed in our efforts to convince people that we share that belief, and we will fight to make the city of Syracuse a better place,” Miner said after the results came in Tuesday evening. “But together we have tremendous obstacles to overcome. We all know the challenges of our educational system and economic development and quality of life in our neighborhoods. And we know that together, we have to work to solve these problems.”

Contributing reporting by Shayna Meliker

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