May 4, 2003 - KTRK TV: Bolivia RPCV J-W Lown elected youngest mayor in San Angelo's history

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Bolivia RPCV J-W Lown elected youngest mayor in San Angelo's history

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Read and comment on this story from KTRK TV on Bolivia RPCV J-W Lown who at 26 has just been elected as the youngest mayor in San Angelo's history. San Angelo has a population of 104,000 and is home to Angelo State University. Read the story at:

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San Angelo elects youngest mayor in city's history

By The Associated Press

(5/04/03-San Angelo) San Angelo elected the youngest mayor in the city's history Saturday night.

Twenty-six-year-old J-W Lown grew up in San Angelo, then spent time in Bolivia as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Lown received 58 percent of the vote, defeating city council member Jim Hughes and political newcomer Bill Forman.

Lown says he won the election in a grass roots campaign. He's promised to be a full-time mayor.

Voters say they picked Lown because of his young age and his handsome appearance. Some also say another factor is because Lown is biracial -- he's half Hispanic and half white.

A columnist from Florida recently called San Angelo a -- quote -- "Jasper waiting to happen."

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
More about San Angelo Texas

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San Angelo

The City of San Angelo covers 58.61 sq. miles and Tom Green County covers 1,540.5 sq. miles. We are located at Latitude 31.22 N and Longitude 100.30 W in West Central Texas between the Texas hill country to the southeast and the rolling plains to the northwest. San Angelo is located between U.S. Interstate Highways 10 and 20. I-10 is 64 miles south of San Angelo and depending upon the route taken, it is approximately 70 miles to I-20. Other major highways connecting to San Angelo include U.S. Highways 67, 87 and 277. The mileage to major cities are:

San Angelo is located in Tom Green County, whose 2000 population is estimated to be 104,010. The City of San Angelo is a dominant part of the population of Tom Green County, with an estimated population of 88,439.


The 2000 age distribution of Tom Green County's population is estimated to be the following:

Under 18 - 27,043 (26%)
18-24 years old - 13,521 (13%)
25-44 years old - 28,083 (27%)
45-64 years old - 21,842 (21%)
Age 65 and over - 13,521 (13%)


The 2000 ethnic distribution of Tom Green County is estimated to be the following:

Caucasian - 65,526 [63%]
Hispanic - 32,243 [31%]
Black - 4,160 [4%]
Other - 2,080 [2%]


With the end of America's civil war, thousands of settlers began moving west in search of their fortunes. Realizing its need to protect these citizens from roving bands of Indians, the government established forts on the frontier.

One such placement, Fort Concho, was made in 1867 at the confluence of three rivers in West Central Texas. The fort at different times was home to mounted cavalry, infantry, and the famous Black Cavalry whose members were respectfully called "Buffalo Soldiers" by the Indians. Almost as soon as the first units arrived at Fort Concho, a small and somewhat lawless village by the name of Santa Angela came to life just across the river. As the village grew into a community, it became a trade center for the many farmers and ranchers who had settled in the area.

By 1889, the Indians had moved westward and the soldiers followed, abandoning Fort Concho. However, with the economic base of agriculture and trade, the community later renamed "San Angelo" continued to grow as it moved into the 20th Century.

Weather and climate also played an important role in San Angelo's early development. When tuberculosis became widespread in the first half of this century, patients from all over the nation were sent to a treatment center near San Angelo. Our dry climate proved to be an effective healing factor, and the medical center reputation and the services we now enjoy can be attributed to this role played in the early 1900's.

The military returned to San Angelo during World War II, when an Army Air Corps training base was established in the city. While flight training is no longer provided, Goodfellow Air Force Base still provides military intelligence training and a fire fighting school for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines.

The discovery of oil and gas, the influx of light manufacturing, the initial development of a communications center, the establishment and growth of Angelo State University, and the growth of the medical community provided diversification to a growing community. Today, this city of 88,000 is the trade and services hub of a 13 county area, supported by agriculture, manufacturing, education, business and health services, military, tourism, and retirement.

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By Marie ( - on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 10:28 pm: Edit Post

This site is two years old and needs to be updated.

By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 11:07 pm: Edit Post

Dear Marie,

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