The youngest Black mayor in the country, Jaylen Smith was elected mayor of Earle, Arkansas, on Tuesday night, December 6.

In a runoff election, Smith, 18, defeated Nemi Matthews Sr. Results showed that Smith received 218 votes, compared to Matthews’ 139.

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.”

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

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