Smith, 18, triumphed over Nemi Matthews Sr., bringing in 218 votes to Matthews’ 139.
In a Facebook post, the newly-minted elected official wrote, “Citizens of Earle, Arkansas, it’s official!! I am your newly elected Mayor of Earle, Arkansas… ‘It’s Time to Build a Better Chapter of Earle, Arkansas.’ I would like to thank all my supporters for stepping up getting people to the polls. I am truly grateful for you all.”
The recent high school graduated spoke with local news outlet FOX13 about the changes he intends to implement upon winning the election. “First, I want to improve public safety here. Secondly, tear down abandoned houses … transportation here for the community, bring a grocery store here,” he stated.
Frank Scott Jr., the mayor of Little Rock and president of the African American Mayors Association, served as a mentor of sorts to Smith. He expressed, “I’m excited for Jaylen and the entire community in Earle, as he becomes the youngest-ever African American mayor elected in the country. I’m proud of his willingness to enter into public service at such a young age and his aspirational goals for the City.”
Smith will be sworn in during the first week of January.