Forest Park, Georgia made history this week when newcomer Angelyne Butler won 65% of the votes to defeat incumbent Mayor David Lockhart making her the first African American to lead the largest city in Clayton County which includes the former Fort Gillem Army base. Other local election winners include the current city councilman Dabouze Antoine (Ward 2), and Kimberly James was elected city councilwoman (Ward 1).
Mayor-Elect Butler said, “This is what happens when you truly pull together. Now the work starts. Our community must unite so we can make Forest Park an even greater place to live for everyone. This could not have happened without a collective effort and the support of the community.”
Councilman Dabouze Antoine adds, “Change has been a long time coming. We put in the work and it’s a new day in Forest Park. Finally the entire community will be represented. This is a win for the people.
“I’m so grateful to the community for their support,” adds Councilwoman-Elect Kimberly James. “I will work hard to empower our citizens with information and access.”
The daughter of a Command Sergeant Major in the Army, Mayor-Elect Butler gained valuable experience working for Douglas County Magistrate Courts and Fulton County Registration and Elections. She is proud of the fact that despite becoming a teen mom at 14-years-old, she went on to complete high school, receive her bachelors degree in political science from Spelman College, a masters degree in public administration from Troy University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in public policy and administration from Walden University.