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TEXANS TO GET ANOTHER WOMAN MAYOR

The mayors of the four biggest cities in Texas will be women when Suzie Azar, who buried her opponent in a weekend runoff, takes office June 12.

Azar joined Kathy Whitmire of Houston, Annette Strauss of Dallas and Lila Cockrell of San Antonio on the list of big-city Texas mayors by defeating fellow City Council member Ed Elsey in Saturday's election.Azar will be the first female mayor for this desert city of more than 500,000.

The suspense was over minutes after the polls closed, when results of the 19,000 absentee ballots were released: Azar collected about 63 percent.