35-year-old mayor of Compton, Ca, Aja Brown, has been re-elected for a second term.
Mayor Brown made history in 2013 at age 31 when she was elected as the city’s youngest mayor ever. Winning about 60% of the vote, Brown defeated former Mayor Omar Bradley in Tuesday’s election.
Brown’s campaign strategy was to stress the work that she started and needed to finish in order to improve Compton via a “12-Point Plan.” That includes youth development, economic growth, culture and arts, safety and infrastructure.
“Our unemployment rate has dropped from 18.5 percent to 7 percent so we’re focusing on the last 7 percent to make sure Compton residents are involved in the beautiful restoration of our city,” Brown said.
Brown doubled down on her promises to “build a better Compton” in a post-victory statement on Wednesday.
“Throughout this campaign, we witnessed the love that Compton residents have for their city and the interest they have in our shared vision for Compton’s future,” said Brown, who’s campaign slogan was “Let’s Finish The Work.”
She also announced the “largest street reconstruction project” in the city’s history, aimed at fixing and maintaining the condition of the streets. As she enters her second term, Brown is also preparing a reform package that would “moderniz[e] city government and long term property tax reform.”