Strange declares victory in mayoral election

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Todd Strange gave an acceptance speech Tuesday evening thanking supporters for their help in making him the next mayor of Alabama's capital city.

Strange, Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, competed with five other candidates for a fifty percent plus one margin, to keep the race from moving to a runoff.

In the end, Strange convinced just under 21,000 people to go to the polls in his support, nearly 8,000 more than his closest competitor. Having netted fifty-three percent of the votes Strange handily took the mayor's office and all the economic struggles associated with it.

Michael Briddell, an assistant to former mayor Bobby Bright, leaned on his proximity to the office, and the experience it had given him, in hopes of taking control of the city's top job. While he didn't win the office, Briddell made a strong showing with thirty-three percent of the votes in the six man race.

Four other candidates shared fourteen percent of the ballot box Tuesday. City councilman Willie Cook garnered 2,300 votes for 6 percent of the vote; Scott Simmons gathered 2,000 votes in his third attempt for the office for 5 percent and Jon Dow and J.E. King rounded out the race with about 1,000 votes between them.