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Mon Jul 24, 2023, 09:02 AM Jul 2023

Black man says he was elected mayor of Alabama town alleges White leaders keeping him from position


UPDATED ON: JULY 22, 2023 / 1:06 PM / CBS NEWS

A Black man who says he was elected mayor of a rural Alabama town but has been kept from taking office by White leaders of the town has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Patrick Braxton, 57, is one of several plaintiffs named in Braxton et al v. Stokes et al. The other plaintiffs — James Ballard, Barbara Patrick, Janice Quarles and Wanda Scott — are people that Braxton hoped to name to the city council of Newburn after he was elected to office in 2020. However, Braxton said that the "minority White residents of (Newburn), long accustomed to exercising total control over the government, refused to accept this outcome." Haywood Stokes III, the acting mayor of Newburn, instead allegedly worked with acting town council members to hold a special election where he was re-appointed to the mayoral seat and keeping Braxton from taking office and carrying out mayoral duties.

Braxton said in the lawsuit, which CBS News reviewed, that Newbern had not held an election "for decades." Instead, "the office of mayor was 'inherited' by a hand-picked successor," and that mayor then chose town council members, again without an election. All prior mayors have been White residents, the lawsuit said, even though about 85% of Newbern's population is Black. Only one Black person has ever served on the town council.

Braxton, a volunteer firefighter and emergency responder, decided to run for mayor in 2020 because he "had concerns that the Town Council and Mayor were not responding to the needs of the majority Black community," particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When he approached Stokes for information about running for mayor, Stokes allegedly gave Braxton "wrong information about how to qualify" for the election, and did not provide public notice to residents about the election. Despite these hurdles, Braxton allegedly gave then-city clerk Lynn Williams his statement of candidacy and qualifying money order.

In a response to Braxton's lawsuit, reviewed by CBS News, Stokes and his council "admit that Plaintiff Patrick Braxton is Black and is the former Mayor of the Town of Newbern," and denied many of the allegations. The defendants did admit that Braxton was the only person to qualify for mayor, and that no other candidates qualified for mayor or council membership. They admitted that a special election was held to put themselves in town council positions, and "admit that Defendant Stokes became Mayor of the Town of Newbern after Plaintiff Braxton lost the position by operation of law."


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Black man says he was elected mayor of Alabama town alleges White leaders keeping him from position (Original Post) BeckyDem Jul 2023 OP
That's the same state that defied US SC order....................... Lovie777 Jul 2023 #1
Exactly. BeckyDem Jul 2023 #2
Alabama... 2naSalit Jul 2023 #3
They really out do themselves, don't they? BeckyDem Jul 2023 #4
Yeah, I only crossed that state a few times... 2naSalit Jul 2023 #5
And you blend? twodogsbarking Jul 2023 #6
LOL! 2naSalit Jul 2023 #7


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1. That's the same state that defied US SC order.......................
Mon Jul 24, 2023, 09:05 AM
Jul 2023

to carve out a 2nd Black district.

Open racism.


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5. Yeah, I only crossed that state a few times...
Mon Jul 24, 2023, 09:46 AM
Jul 2023

I made sure not to stop anywhere for fear of being harassed for being a not-so-pearly-white female driving a semi. They can't handle it when you defy their norms.

I tried to avoid the SE states for that reason.


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7. LOL!
Mon Jul 24, 2023, 03:53 PM
Jul 2023

When I was in or around my vehicle, I did not blend. But in a normal setting, people aren't sure what I am so I learned to use that to my advantage.

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