NEWTON, Mass. (AP) – The city of Newton inaugurated the first African-American to be elected mayor in a popular vote in Massachusetts.
Warren, an Iraq war veteran and former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, was voted into office in the affluent Boston suburb when he defeated state Rep. Ruth Balser.
He succeeds David Cohen, who chose not to seek re-election after three terms.
A spokeswoman says Warren is the first African-American to become a mayor in Massachusetts by popular vote.
Gov. Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley, a U.S. Senate candidate, are scheduled to attend the historic inauguration.