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


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.

New mayor chosen to lead Charlottesville first appeared on the PBS NewsHour website.

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