Muskogee elects first black mayor in city’s history

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The City of Muskogee has the first black mayor in its history after Tuesday’s election.

Marlon Coleman won nearly 60 percent of the vote.

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Coleman says he feels humbled and honored to serve as the city’s first black mayor.

“Muskogee is still unique to what’s going on across the country in terms of civil unrest,” Coleman says.

“For a young, transplanted African-American male to be elected by 60 percent of the voters, I think speaks volumes that Muskogee is a city that’s more focused on what’s best and they’re willing to look past identity so that we can have a better identity as a city and they want the right person to lead regardless of who that is.”

Coleman told FOX23 he wants to make the city more competitive with cities across the area -- truly giving citizens a place to live, work, and play -- and make sure small businesses can still operate while dealing the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he’s also interested in nightlife opportunities for the city so community members can keep their dollars local instead of going elsewhere.

He’s been in Muskogee for 10 years -- including multiple years on the city council -- and pastors the Temple of Hope Church.