|Mayor Mike Elliott|
Mike Elliott, a small-business owner and community activist, defeated Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson in his second try for the seat in four years. Elliott will be the first person of color to serve as the city’s mayor.
The race was a rematch of the 2014 contest, when Willson edged out Elliott by 145 votes. Willson has held the office for 12 years.
Elliott, who was born in Liberia, said residents in the rapidly diversifying city of 31,000 were ready for change. More than half the residents of Brooklyn Center are people of color.