Georgia’s most diverse county will soon have its first black mayor

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Georgia’s most diverse county will soon have its first black mayor

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Norcross native and longtime city councilman Craig Newton will be uncontested in the city’s November mayoral election. It is believed he will become the first black mayor of any Gwinnett County city. (Photo courtesy of Craig Newton)

Local political observers don’t believe any city in Gwinnett County — the most diverse community in Georgia, if not the entire Southeastern United States — has ever had a black mayor.

But that’s almost certain to change. And soon.

Craig Newton, a Norcross native and longtime city councilman, was the only candidate to qualify last month for his hometown’s mayoral seat. And his eventual swearing in will be a symbolic but significant milestone for one of the Southeast’s most diverse counties that has, nevertheless, had a historical dearth of non-white government leadership.

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