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Davis becomes first Black female commissioner in DeLand

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
DAYTONA TIMES

Jessica Davis, a career counselor for at-risk teenagers, was sworn in as the first African-American female to the DeLand City Commission’s District 3 seat on Nov. 18.

Jessica Davis takes the oath of office on Nov. 18. Her husband Mario and daughter Marissa stand by her side.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Jessica Davis takes the oath of office on Nov. 18. Her husband Mario and daughter Marissa stand by her side.
(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

She was elected in a landslide victory during the Aug. 26 primaries, beating opponent Krystal Brown – also a Black woman – 73 to 26 percent. At her swearing in, she was surrounded by friends, family, constituents and members of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“Thank you to everyone that came out tonight to show me support at my swearing in. Being the first elected African-American female to the DeLand City Commission is a humbling and rewarding experience. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving the City of DeLand. Stay tuned,” Davis said via her Facebook page.

Davis, elected Aug. 26, replaced Vonzelle Johnson in Seat 3. Johnson decided early in the year not to run for re-election and had attended very few city commission meetings.

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