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Democrats now hold majority on Montgomery County Commission

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Newly elected County Commissioner Dan Harris Newly elected County Commissioner Dan Harris

Democrats will now hold the majority on the Montgomery County Commission, after Dan Harris unseated Republican Commissioner Ham Wilson in District 1.

Redistricting reflected the changing demographics of the county.  While the black population is increasing, the white population is decreasing.  Younger blacks are reaching voting age, and they tend to vote Democratic.

"Our people in Montgomery County, they know the importance of the vote and they don't hesitate to express the right to vote," Harris said.  "And that showed yesterday in the turnout."

Harris said he will focus on education and economic development as a commissioner.

"I'm interested in bringing the types of business into Montgomery that would keep our youngest and brightest here at home, like high-tech type businesses, corporate headquarters, medical tech," Harris said.

Commissioner Reed Ingram, who currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Commission, said he is confident the new Commission can work together.

"It's not about the party," Ingram said.  "It's about serving the people no matter what party you're with.  And that's what we're going to continue to do, continue to serve the people of Montgomery County."

Ingram does believe it may be time for the County to move to non-partisan elections, like the City of Montgomery. 

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