On November 8, CALS grad Svante Myrick ’09 was elected mayor of Ithaca, getting nearly 54% of the votes in a four-way election that also included another Cornellian, Janis Kelly ’71. Myrick served on the Common Council as a student and has been a prominent figure in local politics since graduating. As the Daily Sun noted, he will be the first African American mayor of Ithaca and, at 24, the youngest mayor in New York State.
Myrick had won the Democratic nomination by defeating several veteran candidates, including Pam Mackesey ’89, a county legislator. As we’ve noted before, CAM was ahead of the pack by featuring Myrick as a rising star among recent grads in our November/December 2009 issue.