Ithaca has first African-American mayoral candidate

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The city of Ithaca has its first African-American candidate for mayor - and its youngest candidate ever.

Twenty-four-year old Svante Myrick won 46 percent of the Democratic primary vote to defeat Tompkins County legislator Pam Mackesey and J.R. Clairborne.

Myrick's campaign spent last weekend going door-to-door, encouraging everyone to get out and vote. Over 58 volunteers worked in the get-out-the-vote effort.

Myrick was born in Earlville, N.Y. and moved to Ithaca to attend Cornell University. While at Cornell, he ran for common council in Ithaca's 4th ward and served one term starting at age 20. He also worked in the university's office of alumni affairs, but left the job to focus on running for mayor.