Kandie Smith sworn-in as Greenville mayor; will not run for mayor in November

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Greenville officially has a new mayor Thursday after a specially called city council meeting named Kandie Smith to that position.

Joined by a crowd of supporters that filled up not only the council chamber, but an additional overflow room as well, Mayor Pro Tem Kandie Smith was officially appointed mayor by a unanimous vote from the Greenville City Council.

She took the oath of office just after 6:00 p.m.

"This room was completely full, standing room only, so that's a blessing," Smith says. "That's a blessing to see that much support from people in the city of Greenville. So I'm honored."

It was a historic night for the city as Smith's appointment makes her the first black female to hold the title of mayor.

Taking over her previously held mayor pro tem position will be Councilwoman Rose Glover of District 2 Rose, meaning that for the first time in the history of the city, two black women will serve in those two top positions simultaneously.

"I'm just happy that we all work together good, and for the good of the people especially," Glover says. "Because if we're not in sync, that means the cities not in sync."

Historic though it may be, Smith and Glover both agreed that now is a time to get to work and continue on a path towards progress, even though their time to do that will be limited.

Smith announced she will not seek the mayor position come November and instead will seek reelection to District 1.

"I didn't take the decision lightly and I had to think and pray about it," she says.

Smith's new appointment does leave a vacancy in her District 1 seat. At some point in August the council will meet again.

With Smith's decision not to run, that leaves District 5 Council Member P.J. Connelly and Council Member At Large Calvin Mercer as the only two candidates who have announced their intention to run for mayor in November.

Both candidates are expected to file paperwork Friday.

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Greenville has a new mayor.

Kandie Smith, previously mayor pro tem, was sworn-in to that position tonight.

Last month Allen Thomas resigned as the city's mayor to take a state job at the Global TransPark. As mayor pro tem, Smith had been acting mayor since Thomas stepped down.

Smith says that she will not run for the mayoral position in November, and will instead seek re-election to her District 1 seat.

Council member Rose Glover was voted mayor pro tem.

The city council made the decision this evening during a special meeting at 6:00 p.m.

So far, councilmembers Calvin Mercer and P.J. Connelly have announced they plan to file as candidates in the mayor's race.