Target: Asbury Park’s City Council
Goal: Commend the city council of Asbury Park for appointing its first female black mayor
The number of African American elected officials in this country has been on the rise since the 1980s, but still it is not representative of the total African American population. In Asbury Park, New Jersey, the city council recently appointed the first African American female mayor of the city. Myra Campbell was selected to be mayor by a 3-2 vote. Her opponent was Councilman John Moor.
This historical vote broke tradition. Normally, the councilman or councilwoman who gets the highest amount of votes in the election becomes mayor. That did not happen with Myra Campbell because John Moor received the highest amount of votes in the city council elections. Moor was expected to become mayor and it was a surprise to all when Campbell was selected instead. The previous mayor, Ed Johnson, expressed his shock and disagreement with the 3-2 vote.
Campbell is a strong Democrat and was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She has shown support of President Obama in the past. The fact that Campbell is a Black woman shows that Asbury Park is willing to break tradition in order to ensure that there is diversity in the city.
While Campbell was being sworn in, some people shouted “John Moor,” which interrupted the ceremony. There is a clear divide among the citizens of Asbury Park. Campbell showed her determination to unite everyone when she said, “Time to heal is needed, and I hope we can unite for the common good of all”. Myra Campbell’s appointment as mayor shows progress. Not only was a woman selected to be mayor, but an African American woman. There are not enough female African American elected officials in this country today. Applaud the Asbury Park City Council for selecting Campbell as their mayor by signing the petition below.
Dear Asbury Park City Council,
For years you have selected the mayor of your town depending on which councilman or councilwoman received the highest votes in the city council election. Breaking this tradition to put a progressive black female in the position was a bold move to make knowing many citizens of Asbury Park would be against the decision.
Maya Campbell is very well suited for the position of mayor. You did the right thing by appointing her. She is dedicated to uniting the city of Asbury Park and has experience working with the Democratic Party. Her appointment will be a historical moment for Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The percentage of African American elected officials in America currently does not reflect the percentage of African Americans. It is only fair that more African Americans be elected to office so the black community is represented better in government. The appointment of Maya Campbell as mayor of Asbury Park is a step in the right direction.
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photo credit: Jill Bartlett via Asbury Park Sun