Al Thurman Elected First Cobb African-American Mayor

By Tasnim Samma /Posted Dec. 3, 2015   Al Thurman, a former Powder Springs City Council member…

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Al Thurman, a former Powder Springs City Council member, will become the first African-American mayor of any city in Cobb County.

He won a run-off election Tuesday -- a sign, experts say, that demographics in the city are changing.

Al Thurman defeated Powder Springs physician and councilman Chris Wizner, by 179 votes, or more than 14 percent. …

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According to the 2010 census, nearly 50 percent of the city of Powder Springs population is African-American and nine percent identifies as Hispanic or Latino.  

“In Cobb County, a number of state legislators are now African-American and they’ve supplanted white Democrats who used to hold those seats, so I look at the Powder Springs mayoral election as the continuation of a trend where the county is becoming increasingly diversified," explained Kerwin Swint, a professor at Kennesaw State University who lives near Powder Springs in Cobb County.

Swint said the southern halves of both Cobb and Gwinnett counties in the last five to 10 years are seeing greater minority representation in state and local government. 

The current mayor, Pat Vaughn, is retiring this year after serving the city for more than a decade. 

 


 

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