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GOP millionaire Bloomberg wins New York mayor's race; Cleveland chooses first woman mayor

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001

Voters across the country chose mayors Tuesday, with New York awarding its top City Hall job to Republican millionaire Michael Bloomberg and Cleveland electing its first woman mayor.

Democrat Mark Green conceded the race to Bloomberg early Wednesday after a tight battle to determine who would oversee New York's recovery from the World Trade Center attack.

''We gave it our all and it wasn't enough,'' Green said. ''I ask the city to support him,'' he added.

In Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jane Campbell defeated Clinton administration appointee Raymond Pierce. Campbell succeeds Mayor Michael R. White, the city's longest-serving mayor, who decided not to run for a fourth four-year term in the nonpartisan election.

Elsewhere, Miami incumbent Joe Carollo was ousted while Cincinnati's Charles Luken won re-election, weathering criticism of his handling of riots triggered by the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white policeman.

Carollo placed third. The top two finishers Ï former Mayor Maurice Ferre and Manny Diaz, an attorney who represented the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez Ï will vie in a runoff Tuesday.

In other mayoral elections Tuesday:

  • Houston's first black mayor and a challenger vying to become the city's first Hispanic mayor were headed for a runoff after neither won more than 50 percent of the vote.

    With most votes counted, Democratic incumbent Lee Brown narrowly led Republican city councilman Orlando Sanchez. As mayor, it will be up to Brown to set a runoff date in the next month.

  • Former city administrator Shirley Franklin was the top vote-getter in Atlanta mayoral election, but it was unclear if she would get enough votes to avoid a runoff against City Council President Robb Pitts.

  • State House Democratic leader Kwame Kilpatrick appeared headed toward victory in the Detroit mayoral race, leading City Council president Gil Hill. Absentee ballots continued to be counted.

  • Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy coasted to re-election, taking a third term by beating James Carmine, a political newcomer who trailed him in money, name recognition and voter registration.

  • Boston's Thomas Menino easily won a third term by beating city councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen.

  • Atlantic City, N.J., Mayor James Whelan outpolled City Councilman Lorenzo Langford. But Langford said that more than 1,500 unopened absentee ballots would propel him past Whelan. The count was to continue Wednesday.

  • In Dearborn, Mich., 16-year incumbent Mayor Michael Guido defeated Abed Hammoud, an assistant Wayne County prosecutor. After Sept. 11, Hammoud, a Lebanese immigrant in a community where 20 percent of the 98,000 residents are Arab-American, put out a flier denouncing the terror attacks and proclaiming pride in his U.S. citizenship.

  • In Seattle, City Attorney Mark Sidran and King County Councilman Greg Nickels were in a tight race to replace Mayor Paul Schell, who was voted out following a term marred by riots and Boeing's decision to move its headquarters to Chicago.

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