History-Making Compton Mayor Aja Brown Sworn In for Second Term

Compton, Calif., voters have decided they haven’t had enough of Aja Brown, so she’s been re-elected to serve a second term as mayor.

The 35-year-old Brown, whose platform focused on bringing businesses to the city, was sworn in Friday, July 7, after earning 60 percent of the runoff vote.

“Progress comes at a price,” The Huffington Post reported she said at her ceremony. “You have to be willing to make tough calls and take the hits. For those of you that have followed the last four years, you know that we’ve had our fair share. But I can tell you without a doubt that this journey has been nothing short of amazing and I give God all the glory and thank the residents from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve as your mayor.”

Brown won against Omar Bradley, who was convicted of misusing funds three years after he left office in 2001, ABC7 reported. The charges were overturned on an appeal and Bradley had a retrial scheduled that he requested be postponed until after the race, according to the Associated Press.

In 2013, Brown made history at age 31 when she became the youngest mayor to serve the city.

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