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Warrenton Elects First Black Mayor

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Warrenton, GA -

It was a big night of elections for many in Georgia, especially in the small town of Warrenton.

Tuesday night, they elected their first black mayor.

George Ivey knows it's a big deal in Warrenton, "I just want to make a change for the people."

For Ivey, it's been a long journey to make history in his small town of Warrenton. He won the town's mayoral race with 40 percent of the vote.

He's the town's first black mayor.

"The voters came out, they was looking for a change, and it was very exciting for them," Ivey says.

As a pastor and now mayor, Ivey is ready to bring change to the city. "Try to bring the people closer together, and bring jobs into Warrenton. We could have something to do and our kids can see father and family and mothers who are trying to make a life for them," he says.

Residents here are already hopeful that Ivey will help get businesses back open and put more people back to work.

"More dreams, more stores, more jobs, and I think it would be a lot more better things to come."

"What he did yesterday was definitely... I just take my hat off to him."

"I am proud of Pastor Ivey for being the first black mayor."

Ivey was all smiles Wednesday as he spent the day taking down campaign signs. He says the best part of the campaign was when his 89-year-old mother, who's battling cancer, voted for him.

"It was just history that she was just still here to be able to see me being the Mayor of Warrenton."

Ivey is set to be sworn in as Mayor on January 6, 2014.

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