Burlington council elects city's first black mayor

The Burlington City Council has chosen the first black mayor in the southeast Iowa city's history.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports the council on Thursday narrowly elected Councilman Shane McCampbell to a two-year term as mayor. He was chosen in a 3 to 2 vote over Councilwoman Becky Anderson.

McCampbell and Anderson both joined the council two years ago.

Before the vote, McCampbell noted he was born and raised in Burlington, a city of about 25,000 people. He told other council members, "I know the poor to the rich, the black to the white, from every different possible angle, from gender to ethnic subcultures."

McCampbell is believed to be the fourth black mayor in Iowa.