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5 Black Mayors Running For Re-election

In most cases, city mayors affect the day-to-day lives of citizens even more than the President does. Things like housing, business grants, police practices and much more all cross a mayor’s desk before they go into effect.

So, when a Black politician rises through the ranks and actively contributes to their community, it becomes even more crucial to ensure they remain in leadership positions.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of five Black mayors running for re-election that could use your support.

Randall Woodfin

Mayor of Birmingham

Mayor Randall Woodfin

The current mayor of Birmingham, Alabama Randall Woodfin is seeking re-election next year. He is currently serving his second term as mayor, running on the slogan 'Putting People First,' and is now seeking a third term. Woodfin’s biggest political struggle right now is against the proposed State Bill-129. If passed, the motion would ban any school programs promoting diversity, along with any teachings that slavery and racism are tied to the founding of America.

Andre Dickens

Mayor of Atlanta

Mayor Andre Dickens

Born and raised in Atlanta, Andre Dickens is a son of the city and a favorite among the people. After handily winning a runoff election in 2021, Dickens hopes to repeat his success by winning his upcoming reelection campaign in 2025. Dickens made large improvements to the living conditions of impoverished areas during his first term as mayor through affordable housing development, cutting crime and increasing the minimum wage.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Mayor of Jackson

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Being mayor of America’s Blackest city is no small task, but fortunately for Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Antar Lumumba has met every challenge that comes with his position. Son of notable Black nationalist and former mayor of Jackson Chokwe Lumumba, Chokwe Antar Lumumba rose to the office his father once held a few years after he died in 2013. His tenure as mayor has been characterized by ongoing conflicts with the Mississippi state government, which continually seeks to undermine and exert control over the proud Black city under its jurisdiction.

Brandon Scott

Mayor of Baltimore

Mayor Brandon Scott

To say Brandon Scott had his work cut out for him as mayor of Baltimore would be putting it lightly. Scott inherited a city that had just gone through years of corruption, mismanagement and white flight. Yet, throughout his term as mayor, he’s taken several right steps towards healing his city. He’s recently made big moves to fix housing within Baltimore by pushing a $1 vacant home program similar to Detroit’s, and by securing the purchase of two hotel buildings to be converted into shelters for the homeless.

Justin M. Bibb

mayor of Cleveland

 Mayor Justin M. Bibb

At 36, Justin M. Bibb might be the youngest mayor on our list, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from his current term as mayor. The former Obama staffer handily won the 2021 mayoral election with more than 60% of the vote, making him the second youngest mayor in the city’s history. Since the beginning of his term, he’s focused on making Cleveland a safer place. As part of his RISE Initiative (Raising Investment in Safety for Everyone), Bibb has worked with local police unions to improve recruiting tactics, shift length and working conditions. He also was able to create the Neighborhood Safety Fund to supply grants to Cleveland-based non-profits that help reduce crime in the city.


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