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1967 Cleveland mayoral election

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Cleveland mayoral election, 1967

← 1965 November 7, 1967 1969 →
Carlstokes (1).jpg
Nominee Carl Stokes Seth Taft
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 129,318 127,467
Percentage 50.36% 49.64%

Mayor before election

Ralph S. Locher

Elected Mayor

Carl Stokes

The Cleveland mayoral election of 1967 saw the election of Carl Stokes.

Stokes was the first elected African American mayor of a major American city (Cleveland was, at the time, the ninth largest city in the United States).[1][2] His election came alongside the election of Richard G. Hatcher in the 1967 Gary, Indiana mayoral election. Together, these were the first elections of African-Americans as mayors of cities over 100,000.[3] Stoke's election came in a city which was, at the time, 68% white.[2]


Primaries were held on October 3.[4][5]

Democratic primary

Stokes unseated incumbent mayor Ralph S. Locher in the Democratic Party primary.

1967 Cleveland mayoral Democratic primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carl Stokes 110,769 53.68%
Democratic Ralph S. Locher (incumbent) 92,033 44.60%
Democratic Frank P. Celeste 3,545 1.72%
Turnout 206,347

Republican primary

General election

1967 Cleveland mayoral election (general election)[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carl Stokes 129,318 50.36%
Republican Seth Taft 127,467 49.64%
Turnout 256,785


  1. ^ "50 years ago: Cleveland's Carl Stokes elected first black mayor of a major U.S. city (vintage photos)". 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bibb, Leon (8 October 2020). "A Turning Point: The Cleveland election watched around the world". WKYC. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  3. ^ Morial, Marc H. (31 July 2017). "50 Years Of Black Mayors". HuffPost. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "RaceID=548323". Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "RaceID=481269". Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
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