COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — Yemi Mobolade won a solid victory in Tuesday’s runoff election for Colorado Springs mayor, defeating former Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
Williams conceded the race around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, FOX21 reported. Early returns Tuesday night showed Mobolade leading with nearly 58% of votes cast — or 65,791 votes to Williams’ 48,570.
“We are thrilled to announce Yemi Mobolade as the 42nd Mayor of Colorado Springs!
This is a new era of leadership and progress for COS. Let’s unite and forge ahead towards a prosperous future for the city we love,” a pop-up message read on Mobolade’s website Tuesday night.
Gov. Jared Polis issued a congratulatory statement to the mayor-elect.
“Thank you to every Colorado Springs resident who voted,” Polis said in a statement released by his office. “Congratulations to Mayor-elect Yemi Mobolade on his victory and I look forward to working with the mayor-elect to help save people money in Colorado Springs, make Colorado one of the 10 safest states and move Colorado Springs forward.”
Mobolade, a Nigerian-born businessman and unaffiliated political newcomer, will become the city’s first elected Black mayor.
Williams, a Republican and known face in Colorado politics, serves as a Colorado Springs councilman and previously served as both commissioner and clerk and recorder for El Paso County.