Recent Arkansas high school graduate elected youngest Black mayor in America

A small Arkansas town elects the youngest black mayor in America On Tuesday, 18-year-old Jalen Smith was elected mayor of Earle, Arkansas, a small town of less than 2,000 people.

“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 want to thank all of my supporters for getting people to the polls. I am truly grateful to all of you,” Smith, a Democrat, wrote on Facebook.

In Tuesday’s runoff election, Smith defeated Nami Mathews, who serves as the city’s street superintendent and sanitation superintendent, according to the Arkansas Municipal League.

Mathews congratulated Smith on his victory and wished him all the best.

“Hello citizens of Earle. First I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout this election. Second I congratulate Mayor-elect Jaylen Smith on a good run. I wish you all the best. Thanks again!!!” he wrote on Facebook.

Smith rushed on improving public safety, repairing the city’s drainage system and addressing abandoned homes and community involvement.

A native of Earle, Smith recently graduated from Earle High School and has held leadership positions in several clubs and served as president of his school’s student government association for three years, he said on Facebook.

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