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#YBFPOLITICS: Steven L. Reed Elected As Montgomery’s First Black Mayor!

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Change is coming! Steven L. Reed has been elected as Montgomery, Alabama’s first black mayor. Celebrate inside…

Issa celebration!

Montgomery, Alabama is ready for change and it starts with Steven L. Reed. The city just elected its first African-American mayor in nearly its 200-year history. The Morehouse College grad won a runoff election to become the first black mayor of the city founded in 1819. He defeated television station owner David Woods by more than 16,000 votes, in the birthplace of civil rights where 60% of the residents are black. Aye!

"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," the new Mayor Reed told supporters at a rally after he won.

He continued:

"The vision we have for people far beyond this room. Some of the people who could not be here. But it encompasses and it connects all of them. And that's what we have been saying and that's what we want to make sure we continue tomorrow, and the next day and the next day. Because that is what is going to define this city. And that's what's going to define this election.”

Reed also played football at his HBCU, where he was a member of Omega Psi Phi through the Theta Alpha Chapter.  And he's no stranger to making proressive history.

The father of two became the youngest and first black probate judge in Montgomery County in 2012 ― and the first probate judge in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses in 2015. As for what pushed him to run, he told the Montgomery Advertiser that he had grown dissatisfied with the state of public education and safety, and said he didn’t need to look to anyone but himself to fix the problems.

He's also following in his father's, Joe L. Reed, footsteps as he was was elected to the Montgomery City Council in 1975, among one of four black men elected t the council at that time and they made history as the first black men to do be elected in the city since Reconstruction.

Comedian/morning show host Rickey Smiley put in work to help Mayor Reed nab the win:

 

 

 

Congrats!  Mayor-Elect Reed will be sworn in November 12th.

Photo: AP

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