18-year-old college freshman Jaylen Smith is now the youngest Black mayor in the history of the US after defeating his opponent for the position in a small Arkansas town.
Jaylen Smith Made History
Jaylen Smith, who has recently completed his high school education at Earle High School, said although he was very confident” he’d win the runoff election on Tuesday, he is still shocked when he received news of his victory.
He will be the mayor of Earle, a town whose population is just 2,000 as per 2020 census data which is near Memphis, Tennessee.
“I felt so grateful! I had the craziest facial reaction when I won! It was such a blessing,” Smith told NBC News, adding that his parents are proud of him and have supported his campaign “every step of the way.”
Smith had also received 218 votes while his opponent, Nemi Matthews Sr., won 139, according to The Hill. Smith said he decided to run for mayor during the beginning of his senior year, with the encouragement of his fellow student government association members.
His significant knowledge in US History
He said he had fully understood the historic significance of his win. “It feels awesome. Generations and generations of people will read about this historical moment,” he has also said. Now, as mayor-elect, Smith said he plans to focus on transportation, public safety, and bringing a major grocery store to the small town city.
Increasing residents’ access to food sources is a main cause Smith said he’s especially looking about. “We had one a long time ago, but it closed,” Smith has also lamented about the now-closed grocery store. “Our seniors don’t have transportation to get to and from West Memphis to get food. So it would be better to have a grocery store here in town.”
The teenager an Arkansas State University Mid-South student, announced the victory in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 800 times. He said he hopes his win will inspire other young people to get enter politics. “Go for it!” he has also said. “It would be good for more young people to step up to the plate and say, ‘I want to be the change.
I want to be the leader people want to see in my community.’” Smith has also told NBC News he’s enjoying this moment of greatness, which includes celebrating the win over the weekend with his close friends and family.
Jaylen Smith Age, Family, Early Life
Jaylen Smith’s age is 18 years old. He was born in Arkansas. He was born into an Afro-American ethnicity. His parents are proud of their boy.
Jaylen Smith Career, What is his profession?
While his job and occupation details are missing as of now. But Jaylen created the history of the US after defeating his opposition for the position in the tiny Arkansas town.
Which school and college did he go to?
Jaylen Smith is a student from Arkansas State University and was also enrolled in Earle High School.
Full Biography & Quick Info
|Full Real Birth Name||Jaylen Smith|
|Famous For||youngest Black mayor in the history of the US|
|Age (As of 2019)||18 years old|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||2004|
|Birthplace/Hometown||Arkansas, United States of America|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight|
|Highest Qualification||Bachelor Degree|
|School||Earle High School|
|University||Arkansas State University|