<!-- Commented out because image was deleted: -->Irma L. Anderson
was the first African American woman
elected mayor of a major California
city, serving Richmond, California
, she ran for reelection as the incumbent Democrat in the 2006 mayoral race
and lost to Green challenger councilperson Gayle McLaughlin
by 192 votes, her term expired on November 21, 2006.
Anderson earned both RN
degrees from Cornell University. She also earned an MPH
at the school of public health of University of California, Berkeley
and was a high school valedictorian.
Anderson came to Richmond, California with her husband, the late Rev. Booker T. Anderson Jr., in 1959
. Anderson has two sons named Ahmad and Wilbert. Anderson's career changed from nursing to politics working for the Contra Costa County
Health Department where she began as a nurse and advanced to Director of Public Health Nursing. As mayor, Anderson worked with the West Contra Costa Unified School District
developing after-school programs throughout the city of Richmond.