18-year-old Jaylen Smith becomes youngest Black mayor in U.S.

Francis Akhalbey December 07, 2022
Jaylen Smith, 18, recently became the youngest elected Black mayor in the United States -- Photo Credit: Jaylen Smith (Facebook)

Eighteen-year-old Jaylen Smith wrote his name in the history books on Tuesday night after he became the youngest elected Black mayor in the United States, FOX13 reported. Smith, who recently graduated from high school, officially became the mayor-elect of Earle, Arkansas, after he edged over his opponent Nemi Matthews Sr. in a runoff election.

The teenager received 218 votes while Matthews had 139. Following the confirmation of the results, Smith shared a Facebook post expressing gratitude to his supporters.

“It’s Time to Build a Better Chapter of Earle, Arkansas,” he wrote. “I would like to thank all my supporters for stepping up getting people to the polls. I am truly grateful for you all.”

There are reportedly less than 2,000 residents in the small town of Earle. And following the election, Smith’s opponent also took to Facebook to congratulate him and wish him well, THV11 reported.

Leading to the election, Smith spoke about his plans for the town if he won the mayoral seat. “First, I want to improve public safety here. Secondly, tear down abandoned houses … transportation here for the community, bring a grocery store here,” he told FOX13 at the time. 

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