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Aja Brown, Compton’s youngest Mayor, re-elected for second term

RE-ELECTED: Mayor Aja Brown

AJA BROWN, the mayor of Compton, has won a second term.

The 35-year-old, who was the youngest mayor in the city’s history when she was first elected in 2013, then aged 31, faced a strong challenge against former Mayor Omar Bradley after he forced a runoff in the primaries in April.

“I think the city is definitely at a crossroads,” she said from her watch party.

Early results showed that Aja had 60 per cent of the vote after a lengthy campaign in which Brown touted her accomplishments thus far while still acknowledging that the city had a long way to go.

“I’m excited to get the next phase of our work done,” she said.

Her campaign strategy was to stress the work that she started and needed to finish in order to improve Compton via a “12-Point Plan.” That includes youth development, economic growth, culture and arts, safety and infrastructure.

“Our unemployment rate has dropped from 18.5 percent to 7 percent so we’re focusing on the last 7 percent to make sure Compton residents are involved in the beautiful restoration of our city,” Aja said.

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