Robin Lockett and Sonja P. Brookins make Black history in Tampa city election

Robin Lockett and Sonja P. Brookins have edged out several established politicians in the Tampa Bay city council election. The two candidates are the first Black women to compete in a runoff for the citywide council seats in the same election cycle in Tampa’s history. When asked about their electoral success, Locket told reports that it is “historic… It’s a great thing. Who would have thought it?” Brookens responded similarly emphasizing her desire to improve the city saying, “if I can make history while representing the people, that would be just magnificent.”


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