Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America. His election created a deep divide within the nation as some compared it the attacks of 9/11. If the nation could side with a known bigot and misogynist, the future of the country would appear to be bleak.
However, there were several historical moments that should give the nation hope and served as a reminder of why it’s important to vote. Here are seven great things that made us happy during the 2016 election.
Kamala Harris became the first Black person to be elected in California’s Senate race. Harris, who spent six years as California attorney general, has drawn comparisons to Barack Obama. In four years, we shouldn’t be surprised if she places her name in the running to become the first female President of the United States.
Mayor Michael Tubbs
Michael Tubbs became the youngest and first Black mayor of Stockton, Calif. on Nov. 8. At 26, Tubbs is a Stanford graduate who worked for Google and the White House before being elected to city council.
Omar became the first Somali and Muslim American elected to Minnesota’s Legislature by defeating Phyllis Kahn. Omar, 33, is a mother of three who started her career as a community activist.
Stephens made history by becoming the first Black person and female to be elected as Jefferson County Sheriff in Beaumont, Texas. Stephens said she will make it a point to address concerns within the department after it was rocked by the death of Sandra Bland.
At 21, Jones became the youngest State Representative ever in Michigan. He is currently a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and is majoring in political science.
Ayala became the first Black state attorney in Florida’s history. Ayala, a resident of Orlando, is a breast cancer survivor who started her career as a public defender. She made it a point to reach out and serve Black communities in her area.
No to Amendment 1 in Georgia
Georgians voted “No” to Amendment 1 which would have allowed the state’s government to take over low-performing schools. Most of the schools on the list were majority Black and minority students. The Amendment would have allowed Gov. Nathan Deal access to federal funds earmarked for education. Similar initiatives have yet to create drastic change in other states.