We just saw Mississippi finally emancipate the enslaved by kicking off this year’s Black History Month with the ratification of the 13th Amendment. Now, there is yet another first for a town in the southwest.
Since the establishment of Temple, Texas, 130 years ago, there has never been a mayor or mayoral candidate for the town. But, all that has changed with Lamar Collins throwing his hat in the ring for Mayor, according to KWTX.
Collins is jumping on the opportunity to be mayor of the town since longtime Mayor Bill Jones III will step down in May. But, when he resigns, there is still one more year left in his term which leaves the city council with the unfortunate task of holding a special election to fill his spot.
Collins is a former director of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a teacher at Temple Independent School District. He is certain that he is a good candidate, but does not want the black folks in the town to vote for him just because he’s black.
“It’s important not to vote for me because I am African-American,” Collins said.
“It’s important to vote because voting is important. This has given me a great opportunity to educate people on the importance of both national and local elections.”
So with no further adieu, meet Mr. Lamar Collins.