At 21, she is the youngest alderman to be elected in Boyle and Mississippi.
“It feels wonderful,” said Tenisha. “I actually love it and want to get in and make a change.”
Her goal is to get a recreation center opened in Boyle to help bring the community together and get out of the heat in the summers.
“I would like to thank everyone from Ward Five for all of the support they have given me,” said Tenisha.
Tenisha Rogers was elected to the alderman position that her mother, Azalean Rogers, had previously held.
Azalean had to give up her position after it was revealed, through a background check, that she had been convicted of a felony.
The background check was ordered by the Boyle Election Commissioners, after they noticed that she had not properly filled out her paper work, although Azalean said she thought she had, for the election process.
Although the conviction was 34 years ago, according to procedure she would have to be pardoned by the governor or her record would have to be expunged to be able to hold public office.
Azalean said she thought that her record had been expunged years ago after she went back to school.
According to her, her probation officer informed said her probation would be terminated and the charges were dismissed.
However, the Circuit Court of Bolivar County found that Azalean’s evidence that her charges had been dismissed was “rank hearsay,” according to a court order.
The court also found that she could not be removed from her office but that her name would no longer be permitted on the ballots for the upcoming election.
Azalean had served as alderman for Ward Five in Boyle for five years.
She said she believes that the background check and discovery of the felony conviction was “an act of revenge” for her accusations she has made concerning the abuse of some black teens.
“I’ve been a notary public for the past 12 years and you know they had to do a background check on me,” said Azalean. “This just came up out of the blue sky.”
According to the National Notary Association, one of the requirements for becoming a notary public in Mississippi is a candidate must have “no lifetime felony conviction unless pardoned by Governor or had voting rights restored by state Legislature.”
Azalean said she is now in the process of making sure her record is expunged.
“I’m glad it came out,” said Azalean. “I do want to run for an elected position again in the future.”