Northwest Florida

Milton's first female mayor speaks about her goals for the city

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) -- The City of Milton elected its first female mayor on Tuesday.

This comes after a historic night for women in politics. According to the Washington Post, 117 women have one their midterm elections. 

Milton attorney Heather Lindsay won the mayoral race. Lindsay says a friend convinced her to run for mayor and she did. She says she doesn't think being a female made it any harder for her to win. She says the harder part was beating the incumbent Wesley Meiss, who has been the mayor since 2014.

Lindsay says she wants to work with the community and make sure everyone's voices are heard.  

"We had some decisions in the recent months, that some people felt they weren't heard," Lindsay said. "They felt the council made a decision without regard for their input, and that is a dangerous thing."

Lindsay says she's excited about all the women in politics. She says she wants to encourage anyone to run for office if they're passionate about the issues that affect their community.

"I think it's exciting that more people are feeling engaged, their not assuming that one particular group or one type of person is the most suitable leader, everyone is feeling I hope, that they have something to contribute," Lindsay said.

Lindsay says her first day will be December 11.


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