Two African-Americans win statewide in California

African-American candidates for attorney general and secretary of state both won bids to become the first black statewide elected official under American rule in Tuesdays party primary elections.
Kamala Harris used her two terms as San Francisco district attorney to capture the Democratic nomination for attorney general. The Howard law alumnus will face Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley in the fall.
Damon Dunn, a former Stanford and NFL player, won the Republican slot for secretary of state. Dunn polled over a million votes in his first run for elected office.
Between 1831 and 1845, three African-Americans held the post of jefe politico or governor four times under Mexican rule, according to Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Volumes 1-4. They were Emanuel Victoria, Pio Pico (twice) and Andres Pico.
It took until 1881 for an African-American to win an elected office in the American state of California, when James Brown was elected a justice of the peace.
The first black legislator was Frederick Roberts in 1918. The late Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley won the Democratic nomination for governor in 1984 and 1988 and Yvonne Braithwaite Burke won the Democratic nomination for attorney general in the 1980s.

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