Greenbelt Elects First Black City Council Member

By Jonathan Wilson/WAMU 88.5
|  Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009  |  Updated 4:00 PM EDT
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Greenbelt Elects First Black City Council Member

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The city of Greenbelt has elected its first ever black city council member. Greenbelt residents cast more than 1,800 votes for Emmett Jordan.

Only incumbent Mayor Judith Davis received more votes, and that means Jordan becomes not only the city's first African-American councilman, but also its Mayor Pro Tem.

Earlier this year, Greenbelt's city council altered its charter, creating two more seats on the council in an effort to increase voter turnout and diversity among city leaders.

The move came after criticism from the NAACP about the Greenbelt city council's historic lack of minority representation; the city's population is nearly 50 percent black.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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