The nation had its first black mayor in 1868 when 27-year-old Pierre Caliste Landry, born in 1841 as an American slave, was elected in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. But it’s commendable that in 2016 the residents of Stockton, California, elected 26-year-old Michael Tubbs on Nov. 8, placing him in the history books as the youngest and first black mayor of the city.
According to the Stockton Record, Tubbs was raised in south Stockton by a single mother. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and was elected to the Stockton City Council in 2012. President Barack Obama reportedly endorsed Tubbs last week as the campaign reached its final days.
“I’m tired of talking about where we’ve been,” Tubbs said at his victory. “I’m more interested in talking about where we’re going. We have to mature as a community and start demanding solutions,” Tubbs told the audience at his victory party Tuesday …