Paula Hicks-Hudson Elected First African-American Woman Mayor of Toledo

TOLEDO — Yesterday, Paula Hicks-Hudson became the first African-American woman — and the first Democrat since 2006 — to be elected mayor of Ohio’s fourth-largest city, winning by more than 34.4 percentage points over her opponents in the Toledo mayor’s race.

As city council president, Hicks-Hudson stepped into the role of Toledo’s mayor in February after the passing of Mayor D. Michael Collins, an independent.

“The citizens of Toledo voted to look toward a promising future to transform our dear Glass City into a safe and livable place,” said Hicks-Hudson. “As mayor, I look forward to implementing a sensible and steadfast governing approach to make decisions that best serves the citizens of Toledo. As the first African-American woman elected to lead the city of Toledo, I stand on the shoulders of Toledo greats who accepted the call of public service.”

Hicks-Hudson was elected from a field of seven candidates to complete the final two years of Collins’ term.

“For the first time since 2006, Toledo has elected a Democratic mayor,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “This is a testament to the strong and steady leadership of Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, as well as to the strength of the local Democratic Party organization, which rallied around the mayor and provided her with valuable boots-on-the-ground support. The Ohio Democratic Party worked in partnership with local Democrats and the mayor’s campaign to ensure Democrats retained control of Ohio’s fourth-largest city. In addition, Democrats will retain control of the city council and school board. This is so important to ensuring we keep moving Toledo forward with progressive policies that help middle-class families.”

“This is an historic moment for the city of Toledo to elect its first African-American woman mayor,” said Chair of Party Engagement Nina Turner. “ I am proud of Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, a shining example of a true public servant who will continue to lead the city of Toledo into a future of prosperity.”