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Camilla voters change leadership

Mary Jo Haywood Mary Jo Haywood

November 7, 2007

Camilla --  Mary Jo Haywood last week said Camilla needed a change, and Tuesday night, voters agreed with her.

Not only is Haywood the first woman to be elected Mayor, she is also the first black mayor. Haywood defeated incumbent Jay Powell who's been mayor the last 12 years and is also the president of Georgia's Municipal Association.

Haywood won't take office until Decmeber 31st, but is already talking about taking on the utility company.

"I want to see first about maybe looking into getting other services or providers for utilities is the current company can not roll back or adjust it's rates. That's the first thing I want to work on, the utility rate," she said.

Haywood also wants to restore a full service hospital in Camilla and will also pursue starting a State Youth Hall of Fame to encourage students to excel.


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