Alabama capital could elect first black mayor
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Voters in Alabama's capital were deciding an election Tuesday that could result in the historic Southern city electing its first black mayor.
Probate Judge Steven Reed, who is black, and white businessman David Woods faced each other in a runoff in Montgomery.
Reed is the first black probate judge of Montgomery County, and his father Joe Reed is the longtime leader of the black caucus of the Alabama Democratic Party. Woods is the son of the late broadcasting executive Charles Woods, a perennial Alabama candidate for more than 30 years.
If elected, Reed will be the first African American mayor of the city where delegates voted to form the Confederacy in 1861.
The winner will replace current Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.