The Ottumwa Courier

January 3, 2014

Burlington council elects city's first black mayor


Ottumwa Courier

---- — BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Burlington City Council has chosen the first black mayor in the southeast Iowa city's history.

The Council on Thursday narrowly elected Councilman Shane McCampbell to a two-year term as mayor, according to the Burlington Hawk Eye (http://bit.ly/1f0IJRE ). He was chosen in a 3-2 vote over Councilwoman Becky Anderson.

McCampbell and Anderson both joined the Council two years ago.

McCampbell said he had shown he was ready to make difficult decisions for Burlington and has a unique understanding of the city of roughly 25,000 people.

"I was born and raised here," he said. "I know the poor to the rich, the black to the white, from every different possible angle, from gender to ethnic subcultures."

Anderson, a businesswoman who has invested in downtown property, also said she had a strong understanding of the city's needs.

"I've worked hard for this city, from picking up trash to investing in buildings and homes. I've always worked to help this city, becoming involved in a number of organizations," she said. "I have invested time and money into this community because I believe in this community."

In Burlington, the Council elects the mayor in the first meeting after Jan. 1 on even-numbered years. The mayor remains a member of the council and can vote on matters before the group.

McCampbell is believed to be the fourth black mayor in recent history in Iowa.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com