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Yolanda Ford Becomes The First Black Woman Mayor Of Missouri City, Texas

Yolanda Ford Becomes The First Black Woman Mayor Of Missouri City, Texas

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The citizens of Missouri City, Texas have elected Yolanda Ford as its next mayor, making her both the first woman and first African American to serve in this role.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Ford garnered 52 percent of the city’s votes, helping her to defeat Allen Owen who had been Missouri City’s mayor for nearly 25 years.

Ford, who has 20 years of professional land and community development experience, has also worked as a Missouri City District A council member since 2013.  During her campaign, she told local residents that she will be committed to increasing revenue, repairing infrastructure and addressing public safety.

“I want to implement a comprehensive plan that addresses our challenges, start to assume our utilities and improve the aesthetics of the major corridors,” she said.

Both Ford and Owen made the cut for a runoff after having a tight Nov. 6 election. Now, with the final numbers in for Ford’s official victory, she will take the oath of office on December 17.

“I am so proud that the residents of Missouri City have elected me as their mayor,” she said in a statement. “After having served on the city council for the past five years, and as a lifelong resident, I am deeply invested in the well-being and growth of Missouri City, and I look forward to working with citizens, the city council and others toward its betterment.”

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