The city of Compton, Calif. is ready to move forward after electing their new mayor Aja Brown, a 31-year-old community developer.
Brown swept the elections last week, receiving 63.7 percent of the vote and Bradley, 36.2 percent. The former mayor was seeking a third term after serving time in prison on public corruption charges that were later overturned, reports Black Enterprise. She is the second woman to be elected mayor and the first in over 30 years.
According to LA Times, supporters cheered “Happy New Compton” as the results came in announcing Brown’s victory.
“I believe the people of Compton are ready for change,” she said in her emotional thank-you speech. “They’ve spoken. Their voice has clearly been heard that they don’t want to go backward. They want to go forward.”
Prior to her victory, Brown worked with the City of Compton’s Community Redevelepmont Agency as a Redevelopment Project Manager. She later co-founded Compton-based Urban Vision Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to community economic development and youth development in the City of Compton in 2011.
Brown, who is scheduled to swear in on July 1, plans to implement her 12-point strategy, VISION for Compton. Youth development, economic development, and crime reduction will be her focus as she serves the city.