Sherri Harris Allgood elected as First African American Woman Mayor of Troy, NC
Allgood's election win is really big deal and Montgomery County will never be the same.
By: Mayor Sherri Allgood
We sat down with this energetic #HISTORYMAKER to talk about how she did what many felt was the impossible.
INTERVIEWER: Wow! Mrs. Sherri Harris Allgood! It's so nice to talk to you today, fresh off your historic win. "Mayor of Troy". How does that sound?
MAYOR-ELECT ALLGOOD: Oh, wow! I am just in awe. Although I knew there was a chance I would win, I was not mentally prepared for the results. I am talking about an almost 40-year reign coming to an end. Wow! I kept rechecking the North Carolina State Board of Elections website to make sure I was not dreaming [laughing]. Seriously though, I am just astounded with the results and I know it will take some time for it to settle.
INTERVIEWER: Family members said that you were experiencing flu symptoms on last night. I know it's been a grueling campaign. Canvassing the neighborhoods, knocking on doors, putting up signs, filming Facebook videos, kissing babies... I'm sure it took a physical toll on you. But how are you feeling today?
MAYOR ALLGOOD: Much better. I woke up somewhat refreshed. I am sure my body was telling me "Rest up, there is much work to be done". It's amazing. A couple of hours before the polls closed, I was feverish, my body was aching and I felt like I could do no more. At that point, where I left off, my family carried on and filled in the gap while I went home and climbed into the bed. I slept two hours in the bed before I was able to crawl back out to see join my family for the result. This is significant to me because I know I am not doing this on my own and I don't have to. I have a huge support system on stand-by at all times. I was very much encouraged by this.
INTERVIEWER: What makes your win notable? What makes it so special for Montgomery County from a historical perspective?
MAYOR ALLGOOD: Well, if this is not the epitome of notability, I don't know what is. This is so much more than skin color. This is so much more than gender. This is about "Hope Deferred" becoming a "Longing Fulfilled". Oh my! [tears]. The people have been looking for something and may not have been able to really know what it was until my name was placed on the ballot.
INTERVIEWER: You said something earlier that caught my attention. The previous Mayor has been in office for how many years?
MAYOR ALLGOOD: A VERY long time. Thirty-nine years to be exact! That is a tremendous amount of time to hold a seat. He was elected in 1979.
INTERVIEWER: The Town of Troy should feel confident about their decision to choose you to lead them into the next chapter. Can you give us a quick profile on who the average Troy citizen is?
MAYOR ALLGOOD: The average citizen... Well, Troy is a small town with down home people. You will find very friendly people here. It is not strange to hear someone yell across a parking lot "Good morning!" or to stand in a line in the local grocery store and a stranger randomly starts a conversation. People are genuinely 'small town friendly' and want to keep it that way.
INTERVIEWER: I'm sure they are not much into politics. So what would be the bread and butter issues that they would talk about at their dinner tables.
MAYOR ALLGOOD: Besides me? [laugh] I am sure there are talks about the direction of Troy. People are uncertain right now. That is normal considering the change that has just occurred. They need assurance that the town they call home is going to fare well. That will come with time. I pray that as I take my seat as the mayor, the conversations will be favorable concerning me. We will see.
INTERVIEWER: Why do you think you resonate with them?.
MAYOR ALLGOOD: I am them. I believe they see themselves in me. I am just your average hometown girl: smiling, laughing, church-going, family-oriented, hard-working citizen who wants better for my community. When the citizens of Troy voted for me, they were voting for themselves. When I won, they won.
INTERVIEWER: Last but not least. What is a quote that you would give that 7 year old, young, minority female who will one day grow up to effect their own change on the world?
MAYOR ALLGOOD: Stretch your mind to go beyond the impossible. As you step into that place of purpose, don't fight it, don't force it and don't fear it because you have already been prepared for the task at hand.
INTERVIEWER: This was very refreshing. We want to say "Thank you so much", Mayor Allgood. It's been quite a pleasure. We wish you the best of luck. We will be keeping an eye out for you and the good things that you will help launch in this little town called Troy! God bless you.
MAYOR ALLGOOD: I appreciate this opportunity and I am excited to be a part of the advancement of Troy, NC. Blessings to you!
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