Gary May Soon Have First Black Female Mayor In State

GARY, Ind. (CBS/WBBM) — The primary election for mayor in Gary, Ind., Tuesday has set the stage for possible Indiana election history.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Indiana is on the verge of having its first-ever African-American woman as mayor of a city.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Karen Freeman-Wilson easily won the Democratic primary election for mayor of Gary Tuesday. To make history, she will have to defeat Republican Charles S. Smith Jr. in the November election.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks Talks With Karen Freeman-Wilson

History is on Freeman-Wilson’s side. No Republican has won the race for mayor of Gary since 1939.

Freeman-Wilson was a Gary city judge when then-Gov. Frank O’Bannon appointed her attorney general in early 2000. She lost her bid for a full term later that year.

Current Mayor Rudy Clay decided not to run for reelection, as he is battling prostate cancer.

Meanwhile in neighboring Hobart, Ind., Mayor Brian Snedecor easily beat back a challenge from former Mayor Linda Buzinec.

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  • Pothead

    She must be crazy. Why would anyone want to be mayor of that crime infested cesspool ?

  • Pothead

    Maybe she figures this will give her a leg up to steal the Michael Jackson park / museum /memorial money.

  • name here

    you both are idiots maybe she will bring a change

    • Pothead

      You want change in Gangster Gary Indiana ? BURN IT DOWN !!!!!

  • Sampson

    yeah, right. There are some things that simply will never change – and this be one of them.

    • Mal

      For all those commentators here that seem to be in a bad mood, it’s that mindset that will prevent things from changing. You all should be hoping and praying some improvements come – not hating.

      • Pothead

        All the praying in the world will not change those savages.

      • Sampson

        No amount of hoping or praying will help. This is not about hating or being in a bad mood. What is required here is hard work and levels of personal responsibility not presently exhibited by either the mayor or the people.

      • Mal

        Yes, I completely agree. Hard work and personal responsibility! And we need to be encouraging that from the people of Gary – not adding commentary as to how it’ll never happen. What small chance there is left for any person, anywhere to improve, should be encouraged not discouraged. You never know who may be reading or listening. The very person or persons who might help to bring about improvement could be reading this and be either encouraged or discouraged by what they hear.

  • maril

    So wait a minute. I thought that it wasn’t supposed to matter what color a persons skin is…all we here though is ‘black’ ‘first black’ blah blah blah.

    • Mal

      If she wins and turns out to be a good mayor, it does matter. History is history, whether it be a first black woman mayor or a first Indian mayor.

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