Historic Finish for Camilla Mayor's Race

By: Triston Sanders Email
By: Triston Sanders Email

The town of Camilla, Georgia has its first black female mayor. In its 150 year history its never had a black or female mayor.

Candidate Mary Jo Haywood is the unofficial winner. With 100% of precincts reporting, Haywood has 53% of the vote. Jay Powell has 47%. Results will be certified within the next three days.

In the town's 150-year history, only white men have held the position as mayor for the town. Over the past week, several of Haywood's signs were stolen and dumped in the trash sparking questions of racism.

City officials say someone from the Secretary of State's office was on hand Tuesday to monitor the election.


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  • by Glen H ohnson Location: Stockbridge, GA on Nov 8, 2007 at 03:10 PM
    Congratulations on your victory. My prayers are with you.
  • by Tamika Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2007 at 11:20 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD.
  • by Nekol Location: Tallahasee, Fl / Camilla, GA on Nov 8, 2007 at 07:18 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS!!
  • by Angela Adams Suggs Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    Chanta, this is AWESOME. -And you're definitely the apple that has not fallen far from the tree. Congratulations to your family, especially your mom. -Angela Adams Suggs
  • by Dr. Chanta Haywood Location: Tallahassee on Nov 7, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    It's one thing for your parents to teach and instill lessons and values in you when you are growing up. It is quite another, when as an adult, you witness them actually implement those very values in a way that reminds you of how blessed you are to be born to them. Throughout this entire process, I watched, with great awe, admiration and even concern (at times), my mother put into action the very values she taught me coming up ---- set your goals and personal mission and then believe in yourself, plan carefully, work very hard, maintain integrity, stay grounded and await your reward. She carried out all of those vlaues over the past few months, and the pride I have in her is indescribable. All of those core values will be further transferred into her mayoral position, and the city of Camilla is about to soar to higher heights under her leadership. Dr. Chanta Haywood, former citizen of Camilla and current citizen of Tallahassee (FAMU Graduate Dean)
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2007 at 06:28 AM
    CONGRATULATION! I PRAY YOU DO A GREAT JOB
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