A First For Belgium

October 19, 2018

Congratulations are in order! Why? Because this week Belgium made history by electing its first black mayor. Seventy-one-year-old Pierre Kompany won the most votes for the municipality of Ganshoren in Brussels, Belgium, earning him the position of mayor. If you’ve heard of the name “Kompany” before, it might be because both of Mr. Kompany’s sons, Vincent and Francois, are professional soccer players!

Both men were quick to congratulate their father, a man who immigrated from the Republic of Congo to Belgium as a refugee in 1975 and who worked hard to win the trust of the community of Ganshoren. Mr. Kompany said that as the mayor of Ganshoren, he will be focusing on cleaning up the environment and building a community where the young and old work together.

If you were elected mayor of your city, what are some things that you’d tackle?