BUFFALO, W.Va. — A West Virginia town has sworn in its first all-women council for the first time in its history.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Buffalo town council will convene Monday with the five female members sworn in last week.

Councilmember Barbara Reed has served on the council since 1990, and calls the five members “doers.” Leah Higginbotham has served on the council for 20 years and spoke of trying to make a difference in the spirit of a group of women who decided to run for town council together in 1957 and lost.

First-time Mayor Dave Melton and several councilmembers have expressed interest in attracting more business to the town along the Kanawha River.

Jenny Buck-Leighton, Billy J. Whittington and Alisa Scott join Reed and Higginbotham on the council.

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