- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2009

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Organization for Women has elected a 56-year-old Maryland woman as the group’s next president.

NOW said Terry O’Neill, who is white, defeated Latifa Lyles, a 33-year-old black woman from the District, during the organization’s three-day national conference in Indianapolis.

O’Neill spokeswoman Hannah Olanoff said Sunday that the vote totals were not immediately available but she said it was a close election, as had been expected.

The voting took place Saturday.

Lyles was been endorsed by current NOW President Kim Gandy, who had said she would “take NOW to a different level” by recognizing the nation’s “generational shift.”

Gandy retires from NOW on July 20 after eight years as the group’s president.

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