Republican June Wood was elected chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, becoming the first African American woman elected to the county’s top seat.
The 53-year-old retired Georgia Power employee defeated Democrat Carlotta Harrell, also African-American, by a sizable margin. It is the first time an election in Henry has pitted two African Americans for the top job.
The race illustrates the seismic change that has occurred in the southside county in recent years as more affluent African-Americans moved to the area for affordable homes and good schools and began taking part in the political process.
Wood said she will focus on public safety, transportation infrastructure and high-quality jobs. Wood and her husband, Michael, have two daughters and five grandchildren….