Best Of 2018

Best Surprise Political Victory, However Fleeting: Yvette Simpson

Best Surprise Political Victory, However Fleeting
click to enlarge NICK SWARTSELL
Nick Swartsell

Former Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, the underdog in the 2017 mayoral election, is a tenacious fighter and a tireless public servant. So while we have to admit we weren’t expecting her to pull out a decisive mayoral primary win over incumbent Mayor John Cranley and challenger Rob Richardson, we also weren’t surprised when she did. It was a wakeup call for Cranley, who revised his campaign strategy entirely after the loss. Both candidates would go on to fight tenaciously in the general election, with the incumbent eventually pulling out the win. Hey Yvette, do you have any plans for 2021?