Hemminger, who was endorsed by the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, won the election with 53.8 percent of the votes.
Incumbent Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt received 45.11 percent, while Gary Kahn received 0.9 percent. Additionally, write-in ballots received 0.19 percent.
Hemminger gathered with her friends and family at City Kitchen to await the election results.
“I’m very pleased, very excited and very humbled all at the same time,” Hemminger said after the votes were counted.
Kleinschmidt, along with his friends, family members and supporters, heard the results of the election at The Crunkleton, a bar in Chapel Hill.
Kleinschmidt, who was first elected mayor of Chapel Hill in 2009, ran opposed for the first time in 4 years during this election.
“We have an opportunity to move forward with the work we’ve been doing,” Kleinschmidt said. “We’ve been doing it together. This isn’t my race, this is our race.”
After hearing the results, Kleinschmidt expressed his gratitude to the town of Chapel Hill.