The son of negro sharecroppers, Tom Bradley, has been elected Mayor of Los Angeles, in a landslide victory over the city's Mayor for the past twelve years, Sam Yorty.
The son of negro sharecroppers, Tom Bradley, has been elected Mayor of Los Angeles, in a landslide victory over the city's Mayor for the past twelve years, Sam Yorty. The fifty-five-year-old former City Councilman won the election in a city where less than a fifth of the population is black.
He hailed his election as a sign of hope that there could be a reversal in the decay of America's metropolitan cities. Los Angeles is the third largest city in the United States; but only sixty-five per cent of the eligible one-million registered voters turned out. Bradley got almost half the white vote, more than half of the Mexican-American vote and in some black areas he polled as much as ninety-two per cent of the vote.
At his victory news conference, Bradley said he felt his election marked the greatest comeback for civil rights in the United States since its momentum was a stopped by the assassination of Martin Luther King.
The defeated Mayor, Sam Yorty, declared that voters would regret the "radical change" they were going to get, but added that he was not surprised at the outcome. Yorty said he felt the Watergate affair had hurt incumbents everywhere.
The new Mayor, who served twenty-one years in the Los Angeles Police department, said ??? intended to put more police on the arrests and to do his best to make the city's schools free of violence.