Vi Lyles Becomes Charlotte’s First African-American Female Mayor
A black woman just made history in North Carolina on yesterday’s 2017 Election Day. Vi Lyles, a 30-year public servant, mother, grandmother and Charlotte mayor pro tem [mayor in absence of the mayor], is now the city’s first African-American female mayor.
Lyles won with 58 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for City Councilman Kenny Smith.
Lyles celebrated her win with a message that read,
“It’s an incredible honor to be elected Mayor of Charlotte in such a historical election. As I’ve often said throughout my campaign, I can walk through any part of Charlotte, and I expect to be a mayor for all.”
Lyles previously worked as an analyst in the city’s budget department before becoming budget director. She was assistant city manager for the city from 1996 to 2004, according to CBS News.
Black girl magic in the flesh, congrats Mayor Lyles!
Unlike the president, who doesn’t seem to know Puerto Rico is apart of America, celebrities are definitely stepping up to do their part in aiding Puerto Rico after their devastation from Hurricane Maria. Jennifer Lopez announced she was donating $1 million and others have generously followed suit.
Now, Pitbull is doing something amazing for the people of Puerto Rico, specifically those who probably need it the most. Puerto Rican Congresswoman Jenniffer González tweeted out thanking Pitbull for lending his plane so that cancer patients in PR can be transported to the United States in order to get the chemotherapy they need.
Gracias al cantante @pitbull x prestar avión privado para trasladar pacientes de cáncer de PR a USA para q puedan tomar quimio @DeptSaludPR
Pitbull told E! News, “Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part.” With all of the infrastructure problems hurting Puerto Rico right now, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to help…but Pitbull definitely stepped up and is giving these cancer patients the opportunity to receive the treatment they deserve despite a natural disaster.