Thurman: ‘I’m not the black mayor; I’m the mayor’

by Kimeko McCoy December 03, 2015 12:01 AM POWDER SPRINGS — After spending a portion of…

Georgia (Dec 4, 2015)POWDER SPRINGS — After spending a portion of Wednesday morning removing “Vote Al Thurman” signs from yards across the city, the next mayor of Powder Springs said he’s still trying to grasp the implications of his victory. 


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by Kimeko McCoy
December 03, 2015 12:01 AM

“It’s taking me a minute to get my arms around it,” said Thurman, who previously served 13 years on the Powder Springs City Council. “My phone has been blowing up with support from all over the country.”

The 58-year-old business owner won Tuesday’s runoff with 57 percent of the votes against councilman and family physician Chris Wizner, who had 43 percent of the total 1,237 votes, according to unofficial numbers from the Cobb Board of Elections. …

Thurman will be the first black mayor of a Cobb County city. While he embraces that distinction, Thurman said it’s not his main focus and he hopes his service to the community will surpass the color barrier.

“I’m not the black mayor. I’m the mayor. I’m here to serve everyone,” Thurman said. “The demographics are changing and this is a clear reflection of this change.”

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, also cited the area’s changing demographics regarding Thurman’s win. 

Powder Springs’ population, as reported by the 2010 U.S. Census, is 38 percent white (using the Census designation “white alone, not Hispanic or Latino”) and 49 percent black.

“It shows it’s part of a trend in county politics as the southern part of the county becomes more diverse,” Swint said. …



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