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07:35  09 october  2019
07:35  09 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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MONTGOMERY , Ala. — On the cusp of celebrating 200 years as a city, Montgomery does not have too many “firsts” remaining. But on Tuesday night, the black -majority city and capital of Alabama elected Steven L. Reed as its first African - American mayor .

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Montgomery, a city where more than half the population is black and known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected an African American to the highest position in municipal government for the first time in its 200-year history.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mayoral candidate Steven Reed speaks to family and supporters at his campaign headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Reed will face off with David Woods in an Oct. 8 runoff election.© Jake Crandall/ Advertiser Mayoral candidate Steven Reed speaks to family and supporters at his campaign headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Reed will face off with David Woods in an Oct. 8 runoff election.

Steven Reed, the Montgomery County probate judge, on Tuesday beat television station owner David Woods in a runoff, gaining 32,918 votes to Woods' 16,010 votes with 47 precincts of 47 precincts, according to incomplete, unofficial returns. He will be sworn into office Nov. 12 at Montgomery City Hall.

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Steven L. Reed was elected as Probate Judge of Montgomery County, Alabama in 2012. He became the first African American and youngest person ever elected to the county’s highest office. Since that time, he has worked relentlessly to improve mental health outcomes through court reform

Montgomery mayoral candidate Steven Reed speaks to the Montgomery Advertiser Editorial Voters in Alabama’s capital have elected the first black mayor in the city’s 200-year history. Reed will be the first African American mayor of the city where Southern delegates voted to form the

Reed was the first African American elected as the county's probate judge in 2012. In 2015, he was the first probate judge in Alabama to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

"This election has never been about me," Reed said in his victory speech. "This election has never been about just my ideas. It's been about all the hopes and dreams we have as individuals and collectively in this city."

Montgomery is one of only three cities in six Deep South states with a population of 100,000 or more that had not previously elected an African American as mayor. Beginning in the late 1960s, the election of first black mayors in Cleveland, Ohio, Newark, New Jersey, Detroit, Michigan, Gary, Indiana, and Los Angeles manifested black power, said Derryn Eroll Moten, chairman of Alabama State University's Department of History and Political Science.

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The numbers are in, and it appears that Steven Reed and David Woods are headed to a runoff for Montgomery 's mayoral seat. If he wins, Reed will be the capital city's first Black mayor . Montgomery is one of only three cities in six Deep South states with a population of 100,000 or more

Reed , 45, was elected Montgomery County’s first African American probate judge in 2012. As mayor , Reed or Woods will have the power to appoint the police and fire chiefs, director of sanitation, executive assistant to the mayor , director of parks and recreation, director of maintenance and

The city being led by a black mayor is an achievement pushed forward by defining moments during the civil rights movement. The outcome of Tuesday’selection is a product of the key figures who fought for civil rights from Alabama's capital like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, E.D. Nixon and Johnnie Carr.

"Civil rights leaders promised that an unencumbered black vote would bring real changes in American society," Moten said.

Moten said the election of Montgomery's first black mayor wouldn't be possible without groups that pushed for African-American participation in local and state politics – the Women's Political Council, the Dallas County Voters League, Rufus Lewis' Citizens Club and the Alabama Democratic Conference.

Changes materialized in the South in the wake of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, with the election of Sheriff Lucius Amerson in Alabama and the election of Julian Bond to the Georgia House of Representatives. Both were elected in 1966 and became the first African Americans to hold these offices since Reconstruction.

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Some say it's a paradox that Montgomery is both the birthplace of the civil rights movement and the cradle of the Confederacy. Others say it shows the resilience of African Americans that a city with a history of slavery, lynchings, white supremacy and Jim Crow laws elected its first black mayor Tuesday.

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Steven Reed born in Montgomery , Alabama. Reed was elected as probate judge in 2012, the first African American in that position.[ 1 ] In February 2015 he was the first probate judge in the state of Alabama[2] who started issuing same-sex marriage licenses[ 1 ] after district judge Callie V. Granade

The judge, first elected in 2012, is running in a field that is growing crowded with big names and newcomers to city politics. “ I have decided to run for mayor of Montgomery ,” Reed said in an emailed announcement. “ I reached this decision after much prayer and many discussions with family

Before the election results were announced, local historian Richard Bailey predicted the voters would show Montgomery's progress since those days of racial terror. Reed’s election is the latest example of the city reconciling its past and planning for a better future.

"This will be a historic day in Montgomery," Bailey said. "For the first time, the people of this city, especially African Americans, will be able to say that we have someone in the mayor's office who understands the pulse of the black community."

Big changes are coming for Montgomery with the election of Reed and new members on the City Council. The last three mayors held office for at least a decade. Mayor Todd Strange did not seek re-election.

"Montgomery is a city with limitless potential, a city that has no limits outside of our imagination," Reed said. "The only thing that can hold us back is our fears. When we come together there's nothing that we can't accomplish.

Reed said he wants to invest in public transportation and address the issue of brown water and food deserts in some of Montgomery's communities. He talked about elevating the economy by being more receptive and supportive of young talent and making the off pace city more competitive. He mentioned working with real estate developers so artists can receive discounted rent for work spaces.

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If elected , Reed would become the first black mayor of Montgomery since the city was founded in 1819. "Once again, we as Montgomerians have an opportunity to Alabama's second-largest city and its capital, Montgomery was also the first capital of the Confederacy early in the Civil War, and many

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He said he was open to an ad valorem tax that would increase the millage rate for public education funds. He's repeatedly mentioned a full day, universal pre-K program. The program would guarantee children a spot regardless of their family's income as early childhood education can be expensive for low-income families.

Reed will be charged with overseeing the city's $260 million budget that was adopted Sept. 17. He'll deal with continued pressure on the internal service fund used to pay employee medical, dental and retirement benefits. Another issue he will take on is finding funds for salary increases for public safety employees to recruit, retain and address the issue of crime in the city.

"I'm aware that I didn't get here by myself. It took all of you on the record, off the record, on the table, under the table," Reed said. "All the things you have done to support this vision."

David Woods, Reed's opponent, told his supporters while conceding, "Going forward, we would have made Montgomery, the city of your dreams. And it is a great city. I think it'll still be a great city because the people who were here yesterday are here today, and they'll be here tomorrow. And as I continuously say, Montgomery is a special place populated by special people.

"And that hasn't changed. And we're just going to go forward and we'll try to support Steven Reed as mayor. And I just want to encourage everyone just to try to continue to work together to bring Montgomery into a unified city. You know, a unified Montgomery is a lot stronger than a divided Montgomery. And we just want to go forward in a sense of unity."

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This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Steven Reed: Montgomery elects its first African-American mayor

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