Alabama’s Capital Elects Steven Reed As The First Black Meyor In 200 Years:
Alabama’s capital, a city once known as the centre of the Confederacy and later the originplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, grabbed the history-making victory to be elected as the next mayor of Montgomery after defeating businessman David Woods by a decisive margin. Reed won about 67% of vote in Tuesday’s mayoral election, according to unofficial returns.
“This election has never been about me. This election has never been about just my ideas. It’s been about all of the hopes and dreams that we have as individuals and collectively in the city,” Reed said in his victory speech. Reed said his campaign was built on an organization focused on the city’s future and “all of the things that tie us together rather than those things that keep us apart.”
Reed was already the first black probate judge elected in Montgomery County and was one of the first to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the state. His father, Joe Reed, is the longtime leader of the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party.
Reed will be the first black mayor of the city where Southern delegates voted to form the Confederacy in 1861. The city served as the first capital of the Confederacy. The city also played a crucial role in the civil rights movement.
City Hall is located not far from the church once led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and is also near the spot where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to obey bus segregations laws. Reed will replace current Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who has served since 2009 and did not seek reelection.