West GA town elects first black mayor

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) - The number '304' will forever be etched in 35-year-old Charles Gibson's mind. It is the number of votes he received to be named the first African-American mayor of his home town of Lumpkin, GA.

"I really don't think it's totally set in yet. I have really been taking more feedback and feeling it more from the people," said mayor-elect Charles Gibson.

People in Lumpkin say he's the right man for the job.

"I believe this young man is going to be a mayor of all the citizens of Lumpkin and I think he's going to do a good job," said Lumpkin resident, Calvin Freeman.

"In any town there are racial divides and I think having an African-American mayor will help break that divide," remarked Rick Eighmey.

Gibson tells News Leader 9 that on election night everyone was on pins and needles right up until the moment the results were announced.

"At one moment the electronic vote was kind of slow and we got word that there was something not quite right. But then, everything came through. When they gave the numbers it was a much bigger spread than I thought," Gibson said.

Gibson won 62% of the vote, declaring him the winner by a landslide.

"Power to him, power to Mr. Gibson that's what I can say. What one won't do another one will," Brenda Kitchen said.

From this point Gibson says the town of Lumpkin will move forward. Standing united to pave a bright future for the city.

"We are going to rebuild infrastructure here try to get programs in place to help people out. People here have been yelling and begging for help for a long time," said Gibson

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