Meet Stockton, California's Youngest and First Black Mayor: Michael Tubs! - R.City Unlimited

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Meet Stockton, California's Youngest and First Black Mayor: Michael Tubs!

STOCKTON — City Councilman Michael Tubbs appeared certain to become Stockton’s first black mayor Tuesday night, vaulting to a resounding lead over incumbent Anthony Silva, who seemed all but resigned to the outcome early in the evening.
Tubbs, 26, also appeared headed to becoming Stockton’s youngest mayor, and he noted that many at his downtown victory party were younger still than he.
“We have a great opportunity to show the nation, ‘How do you reinvent yourself?’ ” Tubbs told the audience, which included his beaming mother seated in the front row.
“I’m tired of talking about where we’ve been. I’m more interested in talking about where we’re going. We have to mature as a community and start demanding solutions.”
Silva, 41, began his evening touring the city in a recreational vehicle, then headed for his home in north Stockton. He issued what amounted to a concession statement in a text message early in the evening.
"The people have spoken,” Silva said. “I respect the will of the people. I want to thank everyone who believed in me and stood by me.
“My heart will always belong to Stockton. I will always be remembered as the People’s Mayor and I will support the new mayor and I will ask my supporters to also support him and help us make Stockton an amazing city.”
Tubbs finished with a 40-percentage point victory margin: 70.4 to 29.6.
“It’s amazing, beautiful,” said Tubbs’ mother, Racole Dixon. “This is history now. He did this, and I am so glad. Make sure you put that God is good.”
Bobby Bivens, who heads the local chapter of the NAACP, attended the victory party and noted the historic aspect of Tubbs’ triumph.
“It’s a very important milestone, in particular someone as bright and energetic and with the ability to gather and garner resources around the state and country,” Bivens said. “I’m looking forward to some more positive things happening here in the city.” Read more here.

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