By: Ryan Tate
That is when voters elected council member Barbara Lohr to be the next mayor of Jackson. The retired teacher says the historic nature of her win was not one of the reasons she decided to run. "I didn't think about it. It really didn't enter my mind when I decided to seek the office," Lohr said.
Lohr has a history of making history. She was the first woman to head up the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association. Along with her five years on the council, she also spent twelve years on the planning and zoning commission. "People did not vote for me because I am a woman, they voted for me because I am capable and have the qualifications," Lohr said.