The youngest black mayor to be elected in the US is supposedly an 18-year-old college student from the state of Arkansas.
In May, Jaylen Smith recently finished high school. He was elected to serve as the mayor of Earle, a small town 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday.
Although he is not the country’s first mayor who is 18 years old, his family is nevertheless jubilant with the significant victory.
He was a Democrat who triumphed in the 1,800-person town as the majority of US political observers were focused on a Georgia Senate race.
In order to commemorate his triumph over the city’s director of streets and sanitation, Mr. Smith posted on Facebook, “It’s Time to Build a Better Chapter of Earle, Arkansas.”
“I want to express my gratitude to all of my supporters for their efforts in getting voters to the polls. I sincerely appreciate all of you.”
According to a count from the Crittenden County Clerk’s office, the vote was cast 235 to 185.
The incoming mayor ran on a program that included strengthening the local police force, fixing the drainage system, dealing with vacant homes, and increasing community involvement.
The lone grocery store in town closed years ago, therefore as mayor, he also has plans to open a sizable food store in the neighborhood.
He held executive positions in school groups while in high school and served as president of the student government association.
He told the Post, “You have to start someplace – you do. “I didn’t want to be a mayor when I was 30 or 40 when I could be one now.”
The mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, which has a population of over 200,000, gave him advise during his campaign.
Frank Scott Jr., the mayor of Little Rock and president of the African American Mayors Association, praised the outcome.
He told CNN that he was “happy for Jaylen and the entire community in Earle” as he became the youngest African American mayor ever elected in the nation.
I admire his willingness to serve the public at such a young age and his lofty ambitions for the city.
While juggling his mayoral responsibilities, Mr. Smith intends to finish his education at Arkansas State University Mid-South with the goal of becoming a prosecutor in the future.
Before finishing high school, Michael Sessions, then 18 years old, won the 2005 election for mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan.
His principal was reported as having said: “I informed him that even if he succeeds, he still has to complete his schoolwork. To have to suspend a city official would be awful.”