All The Aldermen Are Women In Small Texas Panhandle Town

By: AP
By: AP

McLEAN, Texas (AP) - Texas politics and business have long been
reputed to operate within a good ol' boy network.
But in the small Panhandle town of McLean -- don't count on it.
Peggy Baer was elected mayor in May 2007 and leads a five-woman
board of aldermen in this town of about 830 residents, located
about 75 miles east of Amarillo.
The city secretary, justice of the peace and postmaster also
women. So are the managers of the bank, the feed store, the grocery
store and the nursing home.
The school district's superintendent? That is led by a male --
but a female principal oversees the two schools.
Postmaster Diane Manuel offers a somewhat somewhat
tongue-in-cheek rationale. She says women "have people skills, and
we're a lot better to look at than most guys."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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