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Oakland Elects First Hmong-American Mayor of a Major US City

  • Sheng Thao will also be Oakland’s youngest mayor in 75 years
  • Thao pledges to reduce violence and homelessness in the city
Sheng Thao 

Sheng Thao 

Photographer: Yalonda M James/San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images

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Oakland City Council Member Sheng Thao emerged as the winner of the city’s mayoral race under its ranked-choice voting system, with a margin of only 682 votes over her nearest opponent.

Thao, 37, will become the city’s youngest mayor in 75 years and also the first Hmong-American woman to lead a major US city.