May 4, 2013

Is Mayor Teresa Tomlinson losing black support?

When Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected in 2010, she went into office with strong support from Columbus' black community. In addition to sweeping all the city's majority-white precincts, she also won five of 12 minority precincts, despite being in a runoff against Zeph Baker, who would have been the city's first black mayor. But recently Tomlinson clashed with some members of the black community over the future of the Liberty District, once the heart of black Columbus. She has also been criticized for her handling of discrimination cases.

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