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US Montgomery, Alabama's first black mayor-elect says he wants his city seen as a part of the New South

02:55  11 october  2019
02:55  11 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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  Montgomery, site of historic bus boycott, elects first black mayor in its 200-year history Montgomery, Alabama, is set to get its first black mayor, Probate Judge Steven Reed.Reed, a judge for Montgomery County, defeated David Woods by winning about 67 percent of the vote. Reed will replace current Mayor Todd Strange, who did not seek reelection.

“This is our season,” one lifelong resident of Alabama ’ s capital said of electing Steven Reed to lead the 200-year-old city that has been molded by its Mayor - elect Steven Reed posed with Sheyann Priceburg, with phone, shortly after his acceptance speech.CreditCreditLynsey Addario for The New

Montgomery , Alabama — Alabama ' s capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. His father, Joe Reed, is the longtime leader of the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party.

a man wearing a suit and tie in front of a crowd© CNN

The man who will be Montgomery, Alabama's first African American mayor wants his tenure to signal a new narrative for his 200-year-old city, he told CNN on Thursday.

"We want to be seen as a part of the New South," Steven Reed told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." "We want to turn the page and change the narrative, and that's what this election was about."

Reed was born and raised in Montgomery and in 2012 became the first African American elected as probate judge in Montgomery County. In Tuesday's mayoral runoff, he defeated TV station owner David Woods, who is white.

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The capital of Alabama , the city where the US civil rights movement was born, has In 2012, he was elected as a probate judge for Montgomery County, the first black man to hold that position. His father, Joe Reed, has been the long-time leader of the black caucus of Alabama ' s Democratic Party.

city and capital of Alabama elected Steven L. Reed as its first African - American mayor . Montgomery , which was incorporated on Dec. 3, 1819, has long been a central part of the United African - American men first started winning mayorships in the mid-1800 s during the brief period

Montgomery, where 60% of residents are black, has a complicated racial history. It is the birthplace of the civil rights movement but also was the first capital of the Confederacy. It later became the site of Rosa Parks' bus boycott and the destination of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery protest marches. The nation's first memorial for more than 4,000 victims of lynchings opened last year there.

While the mayor-elect told CNN that it might have been a number of factors that delayed the state capital city's election of a black mayor, it's now time to move forward.

"We've been unified on the message of opportunity and creating an environment where people can live, learn and earn," Reed said.

"We're a city that's facing some challenges regarding our public schools, facing challenges about what is our economic future and how do we recruit and retain talent and resources here? How do we grow the economy? And certainly, we're trying to deal with issues around criminal justice," he said.

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“The election of Steven Reed, the first black mayor of Montgomery , AL , symbolizes the new inclusive & forward thinking South that so many At the time of Joe Reed’ s election , he was already fighting for civil rights. As a student at Alabama State College, he participated in lunch counter sit-ins

Montgomery has elected Steven Reed to become the Alabama capital’ s first Black mayor , a Montgomery was also home to Martin Luther King Jr., who grew in prominence as a pastor at 12, according to The Montgomery Advertiser. The publication said the mayor - elect wants to focus on

Top Democrats congratulate Reed

Reed's historic election drew national praise, with several Democratic presidential candidates congratulating him.

"The birthplace of the civil rights movement has a new era of leadership for the first time in its 200-year history," Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted: "Congratulations to @StevenLouisReed on his historic election as Montgomery, Alabama's first African American mayor! I can't wait to see the big, structural change you make."

Reed tweeted that he spoke with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who congratulated him on his victory.

Reed will be sworn into office in November, replacing Mayor Todd Strange, who has held office since 2009. Strange did not run for reelection.

In Reed's first 100 days in office, he wants to focus on public education and restoring trust between the police and the community, two issues he ran on, he told CNN.

"We want to let everyone know that this is a new Montgomery," Reed said. "This is a new day, and we're going to be a great part and a great asset to this country."

Montgomery mayor race: Steven Reed elected as city's first black mayor .
Montgomery elected Steven Reed as the first African American mayor in a city where more than half the population is black.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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