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The first African American mayor of Pelahatchie, Mayor-elect Ryshonda Harper Beechem, speaks about her upcoming first term as Mayor of Pelahatchie.
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The first eight months of Ryshonda Harper Beechem’s time as mayor of Pelahatchie have been anything but smooth. As the first female African-American mayor in Pelahatchie, Beechem history has faced several challenges since her election in June, most of which pertain to her tense relationship with the city’s Board of Aldermen. 

“I’m a mayor and young and a woman, and an African-American woman, so all of those…