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Judson Childs officially becomes Cairo's first African-American Mayor

Judson Childs is sworn in before a packed room in Cairo Tuesday night. Judson Childs is sworn in before a packed room in Cairo Tuesday night.
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Judson Childs officially becomes Cairo's first African-American Mayor
By: Ryan Tate

CAIRO, Ill - Tuesday evening, Judson Childs became the 29th Mayor in Cairo's history. The town became incorporated 150 years ago, and in that time, no African-American was elected Mayor, until 2007.

"It dawned on me on my way down here. It makes you so proud so many people have this much faith in you," Childs said. "I could go back in time and there was a lot of negative. Let's forget about the past, and work towards the future."

Childs easily won the Consolidated Primary and the Consolidated Election earlier this year. He is in his Mid-60's and a retired employee of the Illinois Corrections Department. 

Joining him in the Cairo leadership are four new City Council Members, and two incumbents. "I'm trying not to think about making history that way [first black Mayor], but instead I want to make history by resurrecting a dying city," Childs said. "You'll have some disagree whether they are black or white. But judge me not by the content of my character, and what I can bring to Cairo."

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