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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