Baton Rouge has elected its first black female mayor. Sharon Weston Broome was sworn in earlier this month, according to WAFB 9.
"We must demonstrate that every human has value and has the potential to contribute. The ignorant and limiting perspective of our past must be eliminated permanently," she said at the ceremony at the Raising Cane’s River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. "Every day that person will report to work and a major part of their responsibility will be to ensure progress in not only our recovery but the building of a more resilient Baton Rouge."
Weston Broome cited quelling racial tensions and emphasized inclusion in her acceptance. “This is an opportunity to rise from the ashes of the past six months and write a new chapter, a new chapter that we can all be proud of." Baton Rouge was the site of the murder of Alton Sterling by police last year.
Prior to becoming the mayor, she served as a member of the Metro-Council, the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Louisiana State Senate.
[Photo: BR Transition]