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Melvin Carter elected first black mayor of St. Paul

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St. Paul, Minn. (AP) -

Voters in St. Paul have elected the city's first African-American mayor.

Former City Council member Melvin Carter beat a field of 10 candidates Tuesday according to unofficial election returns. The 38-year-old Carter is executive director of Gov. Mark Dayton's Children's Cabinet. He campaigned on reducing educational and employment disparities and improving police-community relations.

Carter told his supporters Tuesday night at the Union Depot that he's elated, yet humbled. He succeeds Mayor Chris Coleman who's running for governor.

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