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Leigh Dollar elected first female mayor of Guntersville

Leigh Dollar has been elected the first female mayor of Guntersville. Leigh Dollar has been elected the first female mayor of Guntersville.

The town of Guntersville voted in its first female mayor on Tuesday night.

Leigh Dollar said she's following in her father's footsteps, as he was a mayor many years ago.

She said she's always wanted to be mayor since she was a little girl. She just didn't know she would be the first female mayor.

Come November, Dollar will become the city of Guntersville's first female mayor.

An accountant, she has plenty of insight into the city's finances because she's audited the city's books for the last several years, but she said she obviously won't be able to continue doing so once she takes over as mayor.

Dollar said campaigning was tough but that she enjoyed it.

She doesn't plan to make a lot of changes in the city to start but is looking forward to the challenge.

As far as being the town's first female mayor, she really didn't think much about it at first.

Dollar said her children are all boys, so she's gotten a new perspective.

"And this is something I had never really thought about, but I've had a lot of moms with young girls say, 'Thank you for my daughter because you have shown them that women can do anything,'" she said.

Dollar said she's looking forward to working with outgoing Mayor Bob Hembree on the transition.

She hopes to build on the current projects as well as tourism and recreation in the city.

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