Columbus made history yesterday. Teresa Pike Tomlinson became our city’s first female mayor. With 68.02% of the vote, Mrs. Tomlinson held a 2-1 margin over her opponent, Zeph Baker who, if elected would have been Columbus’ first elected African-American mayor. (Side-note, Columbus’ first African-American mayor was A.J. McClung who served as mayor until a special election was held after the death of Mayor J.R. Allen.)
In addition, Columbus elected Judy “JT” Thomas to City Council to serve as one of two councilors who serve as At-Large members. Columbus has more women on council than it has ever had. Women have always had a voice in Columbus, but the volume of that voice has gone up. Columbus made history.
I’ve said this before and I will say it again, love them or hate them, today is not the day for politics. Today is a day for celebrating democracy, our city’s history and future, and the diversity that is Columbus, Georgia. The time for criticism and politics will come, but it hasn’t yet.
Congratulations to the winners. May you always remember who put you in office and go to work each day knowing those same people can put you right back where you were.