Reports: Montgomery, Alabama, elects its first-ever black mayor

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() County Probate Steven Reed has reportedly won the mayoral run-off and become the of Montgomery, , since the was founded in 1819.

“Let the record show tonight, above all … what we can do when we come together in this city and we build around positivity, around opportunity, and all the things that tie us together versus those things that keep us apart,” Reed told supporters at a rally turned victory party.
Reed’s message was one of unity.
    “Tonight isn’t the end, tonight is the beginning,” he said. “Tonight sent a signal, not just to of us in Montgomery, of us in Alabama, it sent a signal throughout this country about what kind of we are right , not what we were.”
    The vote count, according to the Montgomery County Election Center, with 98% of precincts reporting, was:
    • Reed: 32,511 votes; 67.2%
    • Woods: 15,891 votes; 32.8%
    Reed and Woods received the most votes in August in the city’s 12-person primary, leading to Tuesday’s run-off. Reed got 42% of the vote, while Woods earned about 25%, CNN affiliate WSFA reported.
    “We ran a very good . We worked hard, met with a lot of , and it just worked out that our opponent had more votes than we did,” Woods told WSFA.
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    Sixty percent of Montgomery’s roughly 200,000 residents are black or -American, according to the US Census.
    Longtime resident Stokes Williams told CNN outside a polling station she had marched during the , been through segregation and was “very aware of the prejudice that has existed in her community.”
    “Coming from Montgomery … where ’s been a lot, Alabama’s been full of lot of prejudice , and to go from (former Alabama Gov.) Wallace to Reed would be a .”
    Williams said she voted in every election and it is to have someone who looks like Reed represent the community.
    She said as a black man, Reed has a greater perspective on in Montgomery and can see both sides. She added that she hoped Reed would represent all races.
    Alabama’s second- city and its capital, Montgomery was also the first capital of the Confederacy in the Civil , and many streets and still bear Confederate names.
    Montgomery later became the site of Rosa Parks’ famed bus boycott in 1955 and Dr. Jr.’s Dexter Avenue Baptist church, as well as the destination of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery protest marches that met with brutal violence and led to the .
    The nation’s first memorial to the more than 4,000 victims of lynchings, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opened last year in Montgomery.

    Candidate touts role as first black probate judge

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    Reed was elected in 2012 as a probate judge in Montgomery County, becoming the first African-American and youngest person to do so, his website says.
      Woods is the owner and of Woods Communications, which owns local television station WCOV, a CNN affiliate.
      Todd Strange, Montgomery’s mayor since 2009, was not for reelection.


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