TAMPA, Fla. — Mayor Sandy Freedman, elected to her first full term with 66% of the vote, said Wednesday her landslide victory showed that her administration had properly handled three nights of recent racial violence.
Freedman carried all but one of the city's 78 precincts Tuesday in a five-way, nonpartisan race, becoming the first woman elected mayor of Tampa.
She took over the job in July when then-Mayor Bob Martinez resigned to devote his time to his successful gubernatorial campaign. She is a 12-year member of the City Council, and has been chairwoman since 1983.
Freedman overcame a barrage of last-minute attacks by opponents over racial disturbances that followed the Feb. 18 death of a 23-year-old black man after a police officer used a chokehold to subdue him.