First Black Mayor Elected in the City of Linden
The city of Linden has elected the first black mayor — in the city’s 150 year history.
Long-time Linden City Schools counselor Gwendolyn Rogers — is Linden’s mayor-elect.
“I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the thing I have planned for our town, I’m excited about working with the members of our city council, I’m excited about working for the people of this town,” she said. And I just want to do my very best.
Rogers says she wants to revitalize downtown — improve the city’s infrastructure — and recruit new business to the city.
“People who know me and know me well, know that I’m going to put 100-percent effort in anything that I do. And whereas there is a lot that I’ll have to learn, I’m willing to put the work in. And that’s the main thing. I’m willing to go out and do whatever I need to do to make sure that I’m successful, and in turn, our town is successful as well.”
Rogers defeated two term mayor Charles Moore. She garnered 53 percent of the vote — to his 47.
“It is something that is historical. And I accept that, and I plan to represent that part of it,” Rogers said.
“But I also want people to know, that I’m going to be a mayor for everyone, not just for this population or that population. I’m here to work for everybody.”
Rogers takes office November 2nd.
Linden was founded in 1870. The city has a population — of about 2500 people.