Black History in the Making: Mary-Pat Hector
According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Georgia native has been added to the ballot as a City Council candidate for the city of Stonecrest, a suburb that is situated east of Atlanta.
Although the city charter does not list a minimum age requirement for candidates running for office, Hector’s right to run was challenged by an opponent, due to her age. DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections, however, approved her to run earlier this month.
“Justice was served, and the law prevailed,” Hector said in statement. “The board’s decision is a testament to the inclusion of the next generation’s participation in the democratic process.”
She has since received numerous messages from young people across the country commending her on running and informing her that they, too, have been inspired to run for office. The Georgia General Assembly has also filed a senate bill on February 1 that would lower the minimum age for running for office from 21 to 18.
By: Danielle Dixon
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