CINCINNATI — Tuesday’s election in North College Hill was nothing short of historic as voters elected Tracie Nichols the first African American mayor of North College Hill.
Nichols, who has served on the North College Hill board for several years, is also the third woman to hold the city’s top office.
“I’m just elated and happy that the people chose me,” Nichols said. “I’m ready to go out and do great things.”
Nichols, who also works at North College Hill High School, said running for mayor wasn’t her first choice. But it was talking to the students she works with that spurred her to run for mayor.
"Some of the things that were important to them affect our community," she said.
As mayor, Nichols says she plans to make North College Hill a model for neighborhoods across Cincinnati.
“We’re a family-oriented community. We want things for our residents in our community and to bring people in and say, ‘hey they’re doing this over in North College Hill. I want to be a part of that,’” Nichols said.
And she has a message for young girls for the young girls looking up to her.
“Be encouraged. Do you. Follow your heart," she said.