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Camilla, Georgia Elects Its First African American Mayor




By Amanda Smith




The small South Georgia town of Camilla (population: 5,569) has elected its first African American mayor, Mary Jo Haywood, also the first female elected to the position.




Camilla is deep in Southwest Georgia



In its 150 year history, Camilla has elected only white men to the position of mayor.  After 100% of precincts reporting, Haywood won the election with 53% of the vote, while her opponent, Jay Powell, received 47%.  Haywood has served on the Mitchell county Board of Education and the Board of Tax Assessors, so is not new to the workings of local government. 



The election simultaneously removed incumbent Powell from the mayor’s office and the presidency of the Georgia Municipal Association because one of the requirements of the GMA is that its president be a mayor.  Powell plans to focus on his law practice, but has not precluded another run for the seat in the future.



Jay Powell, defeated in Camilla mayoral election by Mary Jo Haywood



Haywood’s plans for the city include returning a full-service hospital to the area, increasing police presence throughout the area, and instituting studies to determine the cause(s) of the high incidence of cancer in Camilla.





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