James Young (mayor)
|Mayor of Philadelphia, Mississippi|
July 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Rayburn Waddell|
|Born||1956 (age 60–61)|
James A. Young (born 1956) is an American politician, who was elected mayor of Philadelphia, Mississippi in May 2009. His election was especially noted as he is the first African-American mayor of the city, which was previously best known for the murder of three civil rights workers by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
Young is a Pentecostal preacher and a former county supervisor who was 53 years old at the time of his election. He defeated Rayburn Waddell, a white, three-term incumbent, by 46 votes in the Democratic primary. As there was no Republican challenger, the winner of the primary automatically became the city's next mayor. He took office on July 3, 2009.
Jim Prince, publisher of the local The Neshoba Democrat newspaper, said: "Philadelphia will always be connected to what happened here in 1964, but the fact that Philadelphia, Mississippi, with its notorious past, could elect a black man as mayor, it might be time to quit picking on Philadelphia, Mississippi."
Young and his wife Sheryl have one daughter, Shanda.
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- Lavandera, Ed (May 22, 2009). "Black mayor of Mississippi town brings 'atomic bomb of change'". CNN.
- Prince, Jim; et al. (May 20, 2009). "Young certified as winner in mayoral election, unseating incumbent Waddell". Philadelphia, Mississippi: Neshoba Democrat.
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