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Steven Reed: Civil rights birthplace Montgomery elects first black mayor
Alabama's capital city of Montgomery, known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected an African-American mayor Tuesday for the first time in the city’s nearly 200-year history.

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It is ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that each candidate in the Run-Off Election is entitled to have a duly-appointed watcher present at the Montgomery Election Center from the time machines are prepared to process absentee ballots (approximately 5:00 p.m. CST) until all vote counts and tabulations are completed and certified. The duly-appointed watcher shall be allowed to observe the electronic voting machines as allowed at all polling places, the order states.

Steven Reed, who became Montgomery County’s first African-American probate judge in 2012, won about 67 percent of the vote in a nonpartisan runoff election, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night.

Tuesday morning, Christopher Turner, the Montgomery Election Centers assistant director of elections, told WSFA 12 News that each candidate would be allowed one poll watcher to be present at the center as absentee ballots are being counted. He also reiterated that no candidate for any office has ever been allowed to have poll watchers in the room when the electronic ballots are inserted into the counting machines.

Reed defeated David Woods, a white television station owner, after the two earned the most votes in a 12-person election in August, the New York Times reported. He will replace the current mayor of Montgomery, Todd Strange, who chose not to run for reelection after a decade in office, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. Reed will be sworn in Nov. 12.

On Monday night the parties had an emergency hearing before Judge Johnny Harwick and reached a consensus on how things would go. Everyone argued their side at the hearing, read the law and reached a consensus. Tuesday evening, Hardwick made the agreement official.

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

Reed on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated WCOV Fox 20 owner David Woods in the Montgomery mayoral runoff election.

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In his concession speech, Woods said: “We’re just going to go forward and try to support Steven Reed as mayor. And I just want to encourage everyone to try to continue to work together to bring Montgomery as a unified city. A unified Montgomery is a lot stronger than a divided Montgomery.”

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Montgomery has historically been a hotbed for racial tension. Southern delegates gathered in Montgomery in 1861 to vote to form the Confederacy. The city is also home to the church where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery bus boycott, in which Rosa Parks became a symbol of the 1960s civil rights movement.

In the mayor’s race, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed is facing off against businessman David Woods, who owns WCOV Fox 20, a local TV station.  If Reed wins, he would become the first black mayor in city history.

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Reed was endorsed by Democratic 2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, Montgomery's WSFA-TV reported. His father, Joe Reed, is the longtime leader of the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Alabama Capital Elects Its First Black Mayor

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.

“If there was any doubt about what we can do when we come together, when we unify this city, let the record show tonight … we (can) build around positivity, around opportunity, and all the things that tie us together,” Reed said Tuesday night, NBC-affiliate WSFA reported.

(Newser) – 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. Steven Reed, already the first black probate judge elected in Montgomery County, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery after defeating WCOV-TV owner David Woods, the AP reports. Reed, 45, won about 67% of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral runoff, according to unofficial returns. "This election has never been about me. This election has never been about just my ideas. It's been about all of the hopes and dreams that we have as individuals and collectively in the city," Reed said in his victory speech. He said his campaign was built on a coalition focused on the city's future and "all of the things that tie us together rather than those things that keep us apart."

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

Montgomery, first incorporated in 1819, served as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, and about a century and a half later was the site of the bus boycott, a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.

Montgomery had been one of three cities with a population greater than 100,000 in the six Deep South states that had not previously elected a black mayor, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.


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