Daytona Beach’s 1st black elected official dies at 101

Jimmy Huger pictured with Martin Luther King, Jr. via

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The first African-American elected to a local government office in the Daytona Beach area has died.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Jimmy Huger, a former Daytona Beach city commissioner and a Volusia County councilman died Friday. He was 101.

Huger became the first elected black local government official in Volusia County in 1965 when he took a seat on the Daytona Beach City Commission.

In 1973, he became the first black Volusia County councilman and went on to become vice chairman and chairman of that body.

He also worked as Daytona Beach’s community development director.

Former Daytona Beach City Manager Howard Tipton says Huger was crucial in establishing a redevelopment program in Daytona Beach and getting the Ocean Center convention center located on the city’s beachside.

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