Age ain’t nothing but a number when it comes to Aja Brown. The 35-year-old became Compton’s youngest mayor in 2013 at just thirty-one years old and now she has been elected for a second term. She was able to gain voters’ trust by working hard to fix the city’s pothole problem and restore the city. She also reminded them of her opponent’s, Omar Bradley, past involvement in misusing city funds.
Bradley pulled enough votes in the primaries to force a runoff; however, Brown was able to finish out strong with 60 percent of the votes to lead her to victory. Her campaign slogan was “Lets Get This Work.” Brown’s mission for her second term is to continue to reconstruct the city. Her focus is to make Compton the new Brooklyn. She plans to make the city safer and more enticing for people to visit and live.
During her first term, Aja Brown hosted “coffee with the mayor” every quarter, in order to give the community a chance to ask about progress being made in the city. You can connect with her on Instagram and Twitter. She believes that transparency is important. In 2014, Brown began reaching out to gang leaders to negotiate peace. She uses conflict mitigation as a substitute of heavy policing.
Ms. Brown took to Instagram to thank her supporters and express her excitement to continue working for the city of Compton. She wrote, “Progress is a process and I’m humbled and honored that Compton voters chose to keep up the momentum and finish the work that we’ve started together!”
Brown is the definition of #BlackGirlMagic, breaking barriers and defying the odds.
Written By: Danielle Pearman