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18-year-old politician breaks record, elected as youngest black mayor in US

An 18-year-old, Jaylen Smith, has been elected the mayor of Earle Arkansas in the United States of America.

Smith, who just graduated from high school, won the election with 218 votes, compared to his competitor, Nemi Matthews Sr’s 139 and he’s being touted as the youngest Black mayor in the US by the American media.

Announcing his victory on Facebook, Smith said, “Citizens of Earle, Arkansas, it’s official!! I am your newly elected Mayor of Earle, Arkansas…

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“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.”

Earle Arkansas has a population of under 2,000 people and is situated about 30 miles northwest of Memphis.

“My mom can’t stop crying,” Smith told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

During the campaign Smith, who graduated from Earle High School in May, called for improving public safety, restoring or removing abandoned homes and buildings and implementing new emergency preparedness plans.

“Why should I have to be great somewhere else when I could be great in Earle, Arkansas?” he told the Post.

Meanwhile, many Nigerians have reacted to the development saying the country’s politicians should borrow a leaf from it.

Emma Osuji wrote; “18 yr old is already a mayor in America whereas here in Nigeria even at 40, ancestors wouldn’t allow you to buy nomination form let alone contesting against them.

Nze Mayor Iyke said; “The criminal elderly politicians in Nigeria won’t allow this happen unless he’s a son to one of them. They would dismiss him as lacking in experience. The only experience they have in mind when they talk about experience is the experience of stealing, looting and laundering of public funds and primitive bigotry and favouritism.”

Maazị Chimaobi Ohaeri wrote; “In Nigeria, the youth gather to vote in their ancestors and oppressors and then go to pray God to deliver them from the same evil they put into power.”

Adeboye Don Baba said; “If na say Nigeria, they will tell you say he never marry that, he can never have the knowledge of governing.😂🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣😂. The old cargos wey their brain don go…….will be rubbishing the younger ones…… making an attack on them to kill them away their part so that, they will be there to embezzle our money.”

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