HELENA- Helena municipal candidates elected in November will be sworn on Tuesday.

Wilmot Collins narrowly defeated four-term incumbent Jim Smith in the mayoral race. Collins, a black Liberian refugee, gained national attention following his win.

He arrived in the United States in 1994 during Libera’s civil war. Collins currently works as a child protection specialist for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

He campaigned on a platform that included increased funding for police and fire and addressing veteran and teen homelessness in the community.

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According to the Montana Historical Society, Collins will be the first official black mayor of Helena and the first in state history.

Helena previously chose a black mayor in 1874, prior Montana’s statehood and Helena’s incorporation as a city.

Also being sworn in on Tuesday is City Commissioner Andre Haladay and Commissioner-Elect Heather O’Loughlin.

All three were part of a self-described progressive slate of candidates that swept the city elections.

The swearing-in ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda.