FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Pota Coston was the first African American elected to the Fayette County Commission. Her battle with cancer began the same month she took office this year. She died on Friday.
As the county looks ahead some worry about how she will be replaced. At the first meeting since her death, neighbors are worried the new found diversity they've seen on the commission will die with her. They even went so far to declare how she'll be replaced "unfair" and "potentially discriminatory."
Flowers placed above Coston's seat on the board weren't the only tribute Thursday night. Protest signs called for commissioners to replace her seat in the same way she was elected: with district voting.
"I'm in support of district voting because I live in a diverse community ,and I want that diverse community to be reflected in my county commission," said Irene Shane.