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Willie Brown Captures Second Term as San Francisco Mayor

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, 65, the city's first African American mayor, won re-election to a second term, defeating Tom Ammiano, President of the Board of Supervisors on December 14.

With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Brown captured 60 percent of the vote (115,299) to Ammiano's 40 percent (77,663).

Ammiano entered the race three weeks before the November general election, defeating former Mayor Frank Jordan, whom Brown defeated in 1995, and Clint Reilly. All four were Democrats in a non-partisan election. Ammiano, 58, who is openly gay, was seeking to be the first gay mayor of a large American city.

Brown, a member of the Conference of Mayors Advisory Board and Chair of the Conference Community Development and Housing Committee, is also a former Speaker of the California Assembly.

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