18-year old Jaylen Smith becomes youngest black mayor in the US

18-year old Jaylen Smith makes history as the youngest black mayor in the United States after winning the election in Earle, Arkansas.

Jaylen Smith, a college freshman will serve as the mayor of Earle, a town of about 2,000 people where he won with 218 votes beating his opponent, Nemi Mathews Sr who pulled 139 votes in a runoff. election. Smith revealed his excitement and said  “It feels awesome. Generations and generations of people will read about this historical moment.”

The young politician who is a recent graduate of Earle High School said his fellow student government association members encouraged him to contest for the position.

Sharing the news via a Facebook post, Smith, an Arkansas State University Mid-South student, said he hopes his win will inspire other young people to get into politics.

He wrote, “Citizens of Earle, Arkansas, it’s official!! I am your newly elected Mayor of Earle, Arkansas. “It’s Time to Build a Better Chapter of Earle, Arkansas.” I would like to thank all my supporters for stepping up to get people to the polls. I am truly grateful for you all.”

The mayor-elect says his administration will prioritise transportation, public safety and renewal of underused housing.

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