Voters reelect Black Iowa mayor targeted by pro-police group

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Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart and campaign consultant Ryan Stevenson embrace as they celebrate after election results showed that Hart won his bid for re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 at the GR Kitchen and Taps in Waterloo, Iowa. (Chris Zoeller/The Courier via AP)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Voters have reelected the Black mayor of Iowa’s eighth-largest city, Waterloo, which will also have its first majority-Black City Council.

The historic outcome of Tuesday’s election followed a campaign marked by bitter debates over policing and race. Quentin Hart, who became Waterloo’s first Black mayor in 2015, won a fourth two-year term.

With three Black candidates also winning open City Council seats, four of its seven members will be Black.

Hart and all four winning council candidates, including a white incumbent, defeated rivals endorsed by a political action committee, Cedar Valley Backs the Blue, that formed to oppose Hart’s reelection and support what it called “pro-law enforcement candidates.”

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