Selma, AL (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News was first on air Tuesday night with election results for municipal elections in Alabama. It proved to be a big night in the city of Selma.
City Council President George Evans beat incumbent Mayor James Perkins and several other candidates to become mayor-elect. Evans got 4,303 votes to Perkins 3,267 votes.
WSFA 12 News was the only tv station on hand in Selma as Evans walked into his campaign event at the St. James Hotel on Tuesday night to a crowded and loud group of supporters. Evans told WSFA 12 News reporter Bryan Henry, "I want to thank all the supporters. We are going to build new bridges now. People wanted change. People just wanted change and hard work."
Perkins, who is Selma's first African American mayor, also spoke to WSFA 12 News just before 10pm on Tuesday night. Perkins says, "Serving as mayor has been a service. It's been a service of love. I accept it as a call. Now it is my time to move forward. I'll be fine."
Perkins will leave office in November. He says he leaves with no regrets, and he won't rule out another run for a political office in the future.