Shawyn Patterson-Howard becomes first woman mayor of Mount VernonPosted: Updated:
Shawyn Patterson-Howard has been sworn in as mayor of Mount Vernon.
She'll be inaugurated this weekend after becoming the first woman elected mayor in the city.
She defeated acting Mayor Andre Wallace with her campaign to get city hall back on track financially and to reduce crime.
Patterson-Howard released a statement on Facebook saying, “Tonight, I had the immense honor of being sworn in as mayor of the Great City of Mount Vernon. I am excited and prepared to embark on this journey with all of you. The days ahead will be challenging. We have wounds to heal and bridges to repair, but I am confident that we will come together to restore and revive our city. Mount Vernon, let us work to make our community as strong as we all know it can be.”