It was an election night that made history in Amarillo on Saturday.
For the first time in 70 years, the Amarillo City Council will have all new council members. The council is the first ever majority female council. Freda Powell also became the first black female council member. History that was all made by the voters.
Amarillo’s mayor-elect, Ginger Nelson is the second female to be in the mayor seat. Nelson won the election with 79 percent of the votes. She ran against James Lowder II and Renea Dauntes.
Nelson said, “I really just want to serve and do the very best job that I can do. The fact that I’m a woman, it is a fact, but it doesn’t mean anything to me. I want to be recognized for working hard and having good character and wanting to serve the city.”
Place one elect is Elaine Hays. She won with 67 percent of the votes against incumbent Elisha Demerson. Hays said, “The city, in general, is ready to dream big. Say what are our common goals, what do we want to do as a city and how do we get there?”
James Schenck lost place two to Freda Powell, who took home 76 percent of the votes. Powell said, “I’m glad that I can be the person to help move our city forward.”