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First African American Alderwoman takes office in Holly Springs

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HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (WMC-TV) - Among family and friends, a swearing-in ceremony was held Friday for newly elected officials in Holly Springs, who will be charged with defining the direction of the city.

One of those who took the oath was Johnnie Bagley, the first African-American and female to hold the position of Alderwoman at Large.

"It's excitement, nervousness of course, but I am just honored to have this position," she said. "I prayed for it for years, and the Lord has blessed me and given me the strength to do this."

Bagley was the victor in her first run for elected office, defeating an incumbent in a runoff.

Bagley said although her achievement is a first, it's now time for the city to unify and move in one direction.

"I think it shows that the people are ready for a new change," she said. "They're ready for someone that's committed for the challenge for the job, and I am committed."

Bagley said among her priorities is improving the educational system and providing activities for the youth. She also wants to work with her fellow Alderman, along with the Mayor, to help move the city forward as a whole.

Friday, she was both excited and ready to do the people's business.

"I'm here for the people and I'm here to listen and to try to do the things that they want to be done and seen here in Holly Springs," she said.

Bagley said she will depend heavily on God whenever she makes any decision that will affect the citizens of the city she will now serve.

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