'The colour doesn't matter': N.B. municipalities elect more women, first Black mayor in historic election

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'The colour doesn't matter': N.B. municipalities elect more women, first Black mayor in historic election

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FREDERICTON -- Kassim Doumbia says he always wanted to get involved and be active in his community. He moved to Shippagan 14 years ago, and has spent the last nine years on the town’s council.

Tuesday night, Doumbia became New Brunswick’s first Black mayor. He calls it a dream.

“That means the citizens of the municipality see me as one of them,” he said in an interview with CTV Atlantic. “The colour doesn’t matter, they see the person. They see what I can bring to the community, they see what I can bring to the table. They see my involvement in the community…wow. It’s just, a lot of things happening in my mind right now.”

His election was one of many historic changes across New Brunswick's local governments.

For the first time, three of the largest cities all elected women as mayors at the same time.

Long-time councillor Donna Reardon was elected in Saint John – and the city of Moncton re-elected Dawn Arnold.

For Fredericton, it was the first time the city ever elected a female mayor.

Click here to read the full article published by CTW News Atlantic on 26 May 2021.

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