by Mary Spiller
November 11, 2023
Teresa Thomas-Smith is devoted to ending the racial and financial divide in her metropolis.
Palmetto, positioned simply half-hour south of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, is in regards to the introduce a brand new metropolis mayor. The 6,000 individuals who populate Palmetto are welcoming the primary African-American feminine mayor — Teresa Thomas-Smith.
The election, carried out on Nov. 7, launched Thomas-Smith because the historic determine within the entirety of Palmetto’s 170-year political historical past. The inhabitants of Palmetto is Black or African American, 60.25%; white, 26.43%; and two or extra races, 5.53%.
Mayor-elect Thomas-Smith mentioned, “I’m on such a excessive, even once I lay down, I can’t sleep. Town is vibrating proper now, it’s not simply me.”
In line with Fox 5 Atlanta, the mayor elect expressed her pleasure for the job. She served for 4 years on the town’s council, and after being in Palmetto for 20 years as a resident. She desires to deliver her “loving” power to the town she’s lived in.
She determined to run for mayor and beat the competitors out by 84 votes.
She promised residents that they might count on the very best requirements from her.
“They’ll count on honesty, transparency, and communication. The very very first thing I wish to do is create a Metropolis Corridor, a metropolis authorities that’s welcoming to the residents. We wish everybody to know this administration values you, as a member of this neighborhood,” Thomas-Smith instructed the outlet.
The 55-year-old politician was first launched to politics due to her want to be taught extra about her neighborhood. She expressed, “We wish this to be an eat, work, stay, play neighborhood the place all people has one thing to do.”
Initially from Atlanta, Thomas-Smith mentioned she is happy to deliver a sensible growth plan to the town that may preserve the town’s historic standing composition.
She defined, “There’s a option to do financial growth that retains the town with a small-town really feel.”
She hopes that the brand new growth will assist to resolve the racial divide within the space. As a spouse and mom, it’s vital to enhance the place that they’ll develop up and plant their roots, she famous.
“There’s extra that unites us than separates us. All of us get reduce, all of us bleed the identical purple blood,” she identified.
When requested, “So, your message to white Palmetto residents who might not have voted for you is love?” Thomas-Smith replied that it was “completely” her message, to unfold love and never division.
Thomas-Smith will probably be formally instituted to workplace on Jan. 2, of 2024.
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