Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Savannah, GA elects Edna Jackson, the 1st black woman to serve as mayor

Yesterday Edna Jackson was elected the first black woman to serve as mayor of Savannah, Georgia. The former administrator has served on the Savannah City Council for 12 years has vowed to bring people together and build consensus among the city's leaders.

From the Associated Press:

Edna Jackson defeated rival councilman Jeff Felser in a runoff with 56 percent of the vote. She will succeed term-limited Mayor Otis Johnson in January. Jackson was widely considered the front-runner, as her campaign was endorsed by many of the city's black ministers and white business leaders. "I am so blessed that all of you have gone on this journey with me," Jackson told supporters at her victory party late Tuesday. "When we started, I said that it would be a clean campaign. And it was a campaign that you would be proud that I would run."



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