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18-year-old becomes youngest Black Mayor in US after winning election

Dec 7, 2022

Jaylen Smith was elected the mayor of Earle, Arkansas, on Tuesday night, Dec. 6, becoming the youngest Black mayor in the United States.

 

Smith, 18, defeated Nemi Matthews Sr. in a runoff election.

 

Smith had 218 votes, compared to Matthews’ 139, according to election results.

 

18-year-old becomes youngest Black Mayor in US after winning election

 

Smith announced his win in a Facebook post, saying: “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 getting people to the polls. I am truly grateful for you all.”

 

18-year-old becomes youngest Black Mayor in US after winning election

 

Congratulatory messages are already pouring in, with many wishing him a successful tenure.

 

18-year-old becomes youngest Black Mayor in US after winning election

18-year-old becomes youngest Black Mayor in US after winning election