Alabama capital could elect first black mayor

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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