By SOTG News Service
Aja Brown was sworn in for her second term as Compton’s mayor on July 7. After taking her oath to serve another four years in office, the 35-year-old told an audience of 500 that now is the “time to move forward.” “Onward. It’s time to finish the work,” she said. “If it isn’t about progress, it’s petty. Put it aside.”
She was first elected in 2013, and this time around she went up against former Mayor Omar Bradley after he forced a runoff in the April primaries. After a strong campaign in which Brown highlighted her accomplishments and also noted how far the city still needs to go, she won 60 percent of the vote.
In her swear-in ceremony address, Brown said she ran for mayor because she believes she can bring change to the city.
“Progress comes at a price,” she said. “You have to be willing to make tough calls and takes the hits. For those of you that have followed the last four years, you know that we’ve had our fair share. But I can tell you without a doubt that this journey has been nothing short of amazing and I give God all the glory and thank the residents from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve as your mayor.”
Aja Lena Brown is an American politician who currently serves as Mayor of Compton, California. She won the election, defeating both incumbent Mayor Eric J. Perrodin and former Mayor Omar Bradley.
Born: April 17, 1982 (age 35), Altadena, CA
Spouse: Van Brown (m. 2003)
Office: Mayor of Compton since 2013
Party: Democratic Party
Education: University of Southern California
Watch Brown’s swearing-in for her second term in the video below: