History was made on Tuesday, December 6, as Edna Branch Jackson was elected the 65th Mayor of Savannah, becoming the first African American female to hold the position. Jackson celebrated with supporters at the Inn at Ellis Square, and thanked the community for their support.
“You have encouraged me. You told me it could be done. When I was down, you lifted me up,” she said. “…With your help and your guidance, I will be able to move this city forward.”
Jackson joined the City Council in 2000, and has served as Mayor Pro Tem for the past eight years. During that time, she has worked with municipal leaders from around the nation. She is a past chairperson of the Chatham Municipal Association, board member of the National League of Cities (NLC), past president of the NLC Women in Municipal Government, member of the NLC Leadership Council, a director of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), and past president of District 12 of the GMA.
Her bid to be elected Mayor was supported by a majority of African American ministers, local business leaders and organized labor. Jackson remained positive in promoting her qualifications and her vision for Savannah. She avoided negative campaigning or personal attacks.
Jackson encouraged the community to come together, and emphasized her proven leadership experience. It was apparent that her unwavering faith was a driving force during her campaign. She began and ended her campaign with prayer.
Congratulations to Mayor Elect Edna B. Jackson!