Probate judge confirms Montgomery mayoral run on WSFA 12 News

Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed announced on WSFA 12 News' community events...
Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed announced on WSFA 12 News' community events program, Alabama Live!, that he's running for mayor.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Feb. 6, 2019 at 12:40 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The speculation is over. Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed announced during an interview on WSFA 12 News Wednesday morning that he’s in the running to be Montgomery’s next mayor.

Reed came on WSFA 12 News' community events program “Alabama Live!” Wednesday to discuss making the process of citizen interaction with his office easier and more efficient with better technology. Before the interview was over, he was confirming he’ll seek another office.

Anchor Tonya Terry said she couldn’t let him go without asking about his name being floated around for a possible mayoral run. Reed didn’t shy away from the topic. (You can watch in the video starting at the 3:40 mark.)

“Well, I’ve decided to run for mayor for the city of Montgomery,” he responded, stating he and his family are excited.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to take our vision to the people about what we want to do to improve the city and to make sure this city’s not only viable, to make sure this city is thriving and not just surviving," Reed said. "And that we’re a place of first choice and not a place of last option when it comes to where people can get great healthcare, where people can get good public education, where they can live safely, and where they can find a great job that pays a livable wage.”

An hour after making his announcement, Reed’s campaign issued an email release to media about his intention to run.

Reed became Montgomery County’s first African American probate judge (as well as its youngest) in 2012. He was re-elected without opposition in 2018.

Reed joins a growing list of people who have publicly announced their intentions to become Mayor Todd Strange’s successor. The list includes Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean and former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis.

Any of the three men would make history as Montgomery’s first African American mayor if they were to win the office.

Qualifying for the race doesn’t start until July. The general election happens on Aug 27 with a swearing-in following on Nov. 12.

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