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Lovely Warren Makes History

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Rochester: Lovely Warren Makes History
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If you want to know about the power of people, supporters of Lovely Warren says just look at the results of Tuesday's election.

"I guess the people came through," said Kareem Kilpatrick. "They're always saying that we can't get together, know what I'm saying? But for the right cause, we can."

Their cause, plastered in the windows and doorways of New Creations Barber Shop, paid off in a big way Tuesday.

"It's a Lovely day. It's a Lovely day up here in Rochester."

Lovely Warren's Election Night victory made history. She's the first woman elected to the mayor's office in Rochester. Supporters say she knows how to bring people together.

"She listens to the people, she talks to the people. She doesn't talk like she's higher than you or whatever. She talks to you straight up."

Historians will find significance in the date of Warren's victory. Nov. 5 is a date she shares with another woman with strong historic ties to Rochester.

Susan B. Anthony is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. Nov. 5 1872 marks the date she voted, when it was still illegal for women to do so.

"November's an exciting time no matter what, but I think the coincidence of the dates was intriguing for women who are fans of Susan B Anthony," said Catherine Cerulli.

Catherine Cerulli is director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Studies at the University of Rochester. She says Warren's victory, while inspiring, also highlights the struggles women still face, in both politics, and in general.

"I think that women have to continue to prove themselves in ways that men don't necessarily," Cerulli said.

"I see a lot of things changing for the good of the people," said Kirkpatrick.

Supporters know Warren will have her challenges, and not just tackling issues like crime, poverty, and failing schools.

"You know, it's still rights that women are striving to fight for, and to be a black woman, they had a lot of odds against them," said Ijustice Allah.

Sweeping out the old, and bringing in the city hall. A big job and supporters hope, a bright future.

"Hopefully this change will bring out the best of Rochester. We'll see a Rochester like we've never seen before." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP