Rochelle Robinson becomes 1st Black mayor of Georgia city

Mayor-Elect Rochelle Robinson, (Image Source: Facebook- Rochelle Robinson for Mayor)
Mayor-Elect Rochelle Robinson, (Image Source: Facebook- Rochelle Robinson for Mayor)

A run-off election in the city of Douglasville, GA has resulted in a historical first. Rochelle Robinson became the first female mayor of the city and the first Black person elected to that office. The run-off was a heated competition with incumbent Mayor Harvey Persons. During the mayoral race unknown opponents attempted to have felony charges placed on Robinson for campaigning too close to a polling station. Parsons denied he was the source of the complaints; however, Robinson was still able to attain victory. After the ballots were counted, Robinson won with 61 percent of the votes catapulting her to success.

After the results, Robinson stated, “I am so excited. I am overwhelmed, it’s really indicative of the community we have. You know 60 years ago today, Rosa Parks sat down so I could stand.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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