JUMPERTOWN, Miss. (WTVA) - There is a new first for the town of Jumpertown: the very first female mayor who was officially sworn in Saturday. She succeeds Trent Moore, who elected not to run again.
"I feel like we have a great group of people here," Jumpertown Mayor Ashley Hurt said. "I know we're going to work together in getting Jumpertown back going and I can't wait to work with all the new aldermen who've come on."
Like any small town, Jumpertown is faced with challenges. One of those challenges is trying to attract new businesses, but the new mayor and board of aldermen say they have a plan in place and already they're trying to recruit new businesses.
"We are always looking for grants, things that will help us better run our town and provide for our citizens here in the community," Alderwoman Susan Bane said.
"I want to bring everything to Jumpertown," adds Hurt. "The people here deserve so much and they're going to get a lot more."
The new mayor offers the following advice to other people who are contemplating a decision to run for office.
"Do not hold back because you are a woman," adds Hurt. "We can do anything we set our minds to, men and women included. If you have the drive and a goal you want to achieve. go for that goal and don't let anyone stop you."
Besides the new mayor, the town welcomed two new aldermen.