- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Kenny Alexander won Norfolk’s mayoral election, making him the city’s first African-American mayor and Norfolk’s first new mayor since 1994.

Alexander was the victor Tuesday night after receiving over 50 percent of the votes. His two opponents, City Councilman Andy Protogyrou and Sheriff Bob McCabe, conceded the race.

“Together, we will build a greater Norfolk,” Alexander told a crowd of supporters. “Because you believe in a better Norfolk. You believe that we can unlock our incredible potential if we work together.”

Doris Artis, a teacher who is African-American and who supported Alexander, said his win held special meaning.

“This is history. We’re making history,” she said.

Mayor Paul Fraim announced last year that he would not seek re-election at the end of his term. Alexander will begin his term in July.

His opponents wished him well.

“The city is in good hands,” Protogyrou said.

“I want to congratulate him. He earned it, we didn’t lose it, he earned it,” McCabe said.

After growing up in Norfolk’s Berkley neighborhood, Alexander took over his family’s funeral home business following the deaths of both of his parents.

At 29, he became president of the Beacon Light Civic League. He also served on the city’s Economic Development Authority, Planning Commission and Human Services Commission.

Alexander has been a state senator for 14 years.

Following Tuesday night’s win, Alexander said he was proud to have run a “100 percent positive” campaign.

“We ran a very sophisticated, very professional campaign,” Alexander said. “And we touched people. We connected.”

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