Texas County Sees First Black Woman Mayor

Texas County Sees First Black Woman Mayor

Published May 12, 2009

For the first time ever, a Black woman was elected mayor of a city in Galveston County, Texas, Saturday.

It was close, but when the unofficial numbers came in, 57-year-old Geraldine Sam, who has lived in La Marque, Texas, all her life, edged out her closest opponent by 39 votes, reports The Galveston County Daily News.


Sam received 355 votes; while one opponent, James Osteen, got 316 votes; and another opponent, Bill Charbonneau, got 289 votes.


“I cannot even describe how I feel,” Sam, who has been a school teacher for 24 years, said after her victory. “It’s amazing.”


While Sam didn’t get a majority of the votes cast, she didn’t need to. According to the city’s charter, the mayor is elected by a simple majority, where whoever gets the most votes wins, so there will not be a runoff, reports the paper.


While serving her three-year term in office, Sam plans to keep teaching. “I have the blessing of the superintendent that if there are any meetings, I’ll be able to attend. And then I’m off during summertime. That’s not going to be a problem at all,” she told The Galveston County Daily News.


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