Michael Tubbs is just 26-years-old, but he’s Stockton, California’s first Black mayor.
After four years of serving as a councilman, Tubbs is preparing to serve the city on a much wider scale, beginning with police reform. After Tuesday’s landslide victory against incumbent opponent Anthony Silva, he’s hoping to lead the city to a fruitful future.
“I’m tired of talking about where we’ve been. I’m more interested in talking about where we’re going. We have to mature as a community and start demanding solutions,” Tubbs told the audience at his victory party Tuesday night.
Tubbs, a Stanford grad, turned to politics after his cousin was killed at a Halloween party in 2010.
“It’s a very important milestone, in particular someone as bright and energetic and with the ability to gather and garner resources around the state and country,” said Bobby Bivens, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, according to the Record. “I’m looking forward to some more positive things happening here in the city.”