At just 18 years old, Jaylen Smith has been elected the next mayor of Earle, Arkansas, which will make him the youngest Black mayor in America.
“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,” Smith announced in a Facebook post.
During his time as mayor, Smith plans to improve the city’s public safety and help beautify the city.
Citizens voted Smith for mayor in a runoff election on Tuesday, Dec. 6. His opponent, Nemi Matthews, congratulated him for the win.