Doris A. Davis
In 1965, 33-year-old Davis defeated incumbent Clyde Harland to become Compton's first black City Clerk. Eight years later she challenged and defeated another incumbent, Compton Mayor Douglas Dollarhide. By doing so, she became the first female African American Mayor of a major metropolitan city. However, after four years as mayor she did not seek re-election.
Davis was succeeded in 1977 by another African-American, Lionel Cade, an accountant and former member of the city council, who also served only one term.
Until 2013, Davis was the only female mayor in Compton's history. On June 4, 2013, Aja Brown was elected as Compton's 2nd female mayor and the city's youngest mayor. In 2004, Alita Godwin became only the second black woman to serve as Compton City Clerk.
|City Clerk, Compton, California
|Mayor of Compton, California
- Jet, June 11, 2001, vol. 99 issue 26, p. 19
- Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, "Distaff mayor determined in dream for Compton", November 11, 1973, pt. A, p. 10
- Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, "Compton's mayor Doris Davis speaks out", April 19, 1974, p. A-2
- Los Angeles Times, "Doris Davis running hard and fast", September 23, 1973, pt. 10, p1
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