MONTGOMERY, AL — (10-09-19) (Gay Politics) — Montgomery made history on Tuesday night by electing its first Black Mayor, Steven Reed. He is also the probate judge who made LGBT history in the state of Alabama by being the first probate judge to issue same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, Roy Moore.
Steven Reed won a runoff election on Tuesday over local TV station owner David Woods. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Reed had 67 percent of the votes. A total of 48,979 ballots were cast in Tuesday’s run-off election.
Montgomery, Alabama Makes History Electing Its First Black Mayor
“This election has never been about me,” said Steven Reed during 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.” said Reed.
This is the third time that Mayor-Elect Steven Reed has made history as he was the first Black man to be elected a Montgomery County probate judge in 2012 and was the first judge in Alabama to defy Roy Moore and make LGBTQ history in Alabama by being the first judge to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled marriage equality the law of the land in 2015.
Montgomery was one of the remaining three major cities in the Deep South to not yet elect a Black American as mayor, until now that is!
Mayor-Elect Steven Reed will replace current Mayor Todd Strange, who, after a decade of service, declined to seek reelection. Reed will be sworn into office on Nov. 12.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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