COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — Aja Brown became Compton’s youngest mayor when she was elected in 2013 at the age of 31.
On Friday, the 35-year-old was sworn into office for a second four-year term after capturing 62 percent of the vote in the mayoral election last June.
She defeated former Mayor Omar Bradley, who had forced a runoff in the April primary.
“It’s time to move forward,” she said before an audience of 500 at the swearing-in ceremony. “Onward. It’s time to finish the work. If it isn’t about progress, it’s petty. Put it aside.”
Brown continued, “I ran for mayor because I believed I was called to affect change. Instead of complaining, I brought solutions. Leadership requires tough choices. Progress comes at a price. You have to be willing to make tough calls and takes the hits. For those of you that have followed the last four years, you know that we’ve had our fair share. But I can tell you without a doubt that this journey has been nothing short of amazing and I give God all the glory and thank the residents from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve as your mayor.”