In a seismic political shift for Colorado Springs, Yemi Mobolade, a Nigerian immigrant with no political experience, defeated Republican Wayne Williams in the city’s mayoral race.
Mobolade describes himself as a “progressive political newcomer,” according to Axios,
Mobolade won by a wide margin.
Wayne Williams was a veteran Republican political figure on the front range and state wide.
Colorado Springs has long arguably been the most politically conservative city in the state, home to Focus on the Family and the Crystal Cathedral on the U.S. Air Force Base.
Mobolade moved to Colorado Springs in 2010, founded two restaurants and was an advocate for small businesses.
Upon winning, Mobolade said, “We are Colorado Springs. It’s a new day in our beloved city. Do you believe that? Colorado Springs will be become an inclusive, culturally rich, economically prosperous, safe and vibrant city.”