[Guest post by DRJ]
The tiny town of Alligator, Mississippi, has its first black mayor, Tommie “Tomaso” Brown, who beat the 30-year incumbent white mayor 37-27 in the last election. Brown was the first black to run for mayor, and he was inspired by Barack Obama’s win.
According to his defeated opponent, Brown won with family votes based on a campaign that promised a new swimming pool and recreation center. Brown’s agenda is to make a better life for the kids of the community through government funding:
“If we don’t look after our youth, what do we have? The population is dying out and I want more people here. I want better living conditions. I just want the people to be comfortable. Small towns like this depend on government funding and that’s what we’re seeking.”
The town’s facilities were substandard, [Brown] said, gesturing towards the humble town hall, where a “No Loitering” sign is nailed next to the door. “There isn’t even a phone or a fax machine in there. How can we communicate with the outside world and ask for things?“