A sign on the statue of Robert E. Lee calls for the park to be renamed for Heather Heyer, who was killed at in a white nationalist rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 16, 2017. Photo by Joshua Roberts.Reuters

New mayor chosen to lead Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The city of Charlottesville, still coping with the aftermath of white nationalist rallies last year, has a new mayor.

Nikuyah Walker, an independent who was one of two new council members elected in November, was chosen by her fellow councilors at a meeting Tuesday night. News outlets report Walker will be the Virginia city's first black female mayor.

Walker has been an outspoken critic of local leaders' response to the rallies and a frequent presence at council meetings.

Former Mayor Mike Signer will still serve on the five-member council.

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In Charlottesville, serving as mayor is a part-time job that involves presiding over council meetings. But Signer also became a public face of the city as it dealt with the rallies, the largest of which came in August and descended into violent chaos.

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