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Somebody once told her more smiles were needed at ClintonCity Hall. That was enough for LaMetta Wynn to consider running for mayor.

She brought her smile to work, and was elected three timesas Clinton's Mayor.

She was the first, female African American Mayor in thehistory of Iowa. In 1996, Wynn was chosen by Newsweek Magazine as one of themost dynamic mayors in America.

Service has always been important to her. She was a nurse inClinton for about 40 years.

Born in Galena, LaMetta was the youngest of nine children.She graduated from Saint Luke's in 1955 and began her nursing career.

She later married. LaMetta and her late husband Tom had tenchildren. The children  graduated from Clinton High School.

Her long list of accomplishments includes three honorarydoctorates. She is a member of the Iowa African American Hall of Fame.

The former mayor hopes she can be an inspiration to otherwomen. Perhaps a role model. Encouraging them to get involved and be ofservice.

LaMetta Wynn also served on the Clinton School Board.

She has a letter dated 1908. It was sent by LaMetta's grandmother to LaMetta's mom in Galena. A connection to her heritage andhow proud she is of her ancestors.

Amother. A former nurse. A three term mayor. LaMetta Wynn personifies servicewith a smile. 

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