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W.W. Herenton, superintendent of the Memphis public schools from 1979 until June of this year, has become the city's first elected black mayor.

Mr. Herenton, 51, defeated Richard Hackett, a two-term incumbent, by 172 votes.

Even though neither candidate won 50 percent of the vote, Mr. Herenton's election will stand. A federal judge ruled this year that the runoff procedure used in citywide elections in the past had discriminated against black candidates.

Vol. 11, Issue 07, Page 3

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