Patrick Braxton is a politician who made history in 2020 when he became the first black mayor of Newbern, Alabama. Braxton’s election was a significant victory for the town’s black community, which makes up 85% of the population.
Braxton’s journey to the mayor’s office was not easy. He faced significant resistance from the town’s previous white-dominated administration, which had a long history of appointing mayors and town council members without holding elections. Braxton refused to back down, and he eventually won the election by default after no other candidates filed to run.
After taking office, Braxton faced further obstacles from the previous administration. They orchestrated a special election in an attempt to overturn Braxton’s victory. The election was shrouded in secrecy, and it was widely seen as an attempt to disenfranchise the black community.
Braxton refused to let these challenges deter him. He filed a lawsuit against the previous administration, and he continues to fight for fair representation for all citizens of Newbern.
Braxton’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance. He has shown that it is possible to overcome even the most daunting obstacles when you are fighting for what you believe in. His election as mayor is a symbol of hope for the future of Newbern, and it shows that the town is finally moving towards a more inclusive and equitable future.
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