Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.
"It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."
Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.
While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.