Clarkston, Georgia Swears In Beverly Burks As The Town's First Black Mayor

Yesterday, Beverly Burks made history in small Georgia town called Clarkston. On November 30, she was elected as the town's first Black mayor in its 138-year-old history.

Prior to being elected, Burks worked as the Director of Community Engagement at the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. She also served as the Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning board for the City of Clarkston.

As mayor, Burks hopes to bring together a number of different group within Clarkston. She has voted to support the Clean Indoor Air Act, decriminalization of marijuana possession and $15 minimum wage for city employees. During her term, her premiere goal is to bring unity to the town.

“Diversity is our city’s greatest strength. It is important to identify and address the needs of our communities, and come together for a better vision for Clarkston," she said.

Moving forward, Georgia will continue to the be the center of the political world. Two Senate runoff races in Georgia will determine the balance of power within Congress. Not to mention, Former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin will face-off in a runoff election to hold the U.S. House of Representative seat once held by the late Rep. John Lewis.

The U.S. House of Representative runoff race will be held on December. A few weeks later, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will face off on January 5.

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