Jackson voters elect first female mayor

Jackson voters elect first female mayor
By: Ryan Tate
JACKSON, Mo. - Jackson became incorporated in 1814, but in 193 years, voters had never elected a woman to lead the city: until Tuesday.

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.

Lohr says she does not want to make a lot of sweeping changes. She calls the Jackson growth over the years "organized," while still maintaining a small town atmosphere.
She says some of the things on the town's agenda include the new interchange on Interstate 55, getting a new electric transmission line, and studying for a new fire station.
Lohr officially becomes mayor May 7th.