MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The race to become Montgomery’s next mayor continues to attract new candidates. Friday, the son of a civil rights pioneer put his name into the hat.
Butler B. Browder Jr., says he’s been serving the Montgomery community since 1956. His mother, Aurelia Browder, was the lead plaintiff in the civil rights lawsuit Browder v. Gayle, which ended the Jim Crow South laws.
Browder says civil rights issues are important to him.
In the 1960s, Browder sat-in at Kress and H. L. Gree’s department stores. And he marched alongside his mother in the Selma to Montgomery march, which led to the passage of the Voters Right Act of 1965.
Browder, a disabled Vietnam veteran, continues to work in the community. He says tapping into the city’s history is a priority, calling it “its most valuable commodity,” because of the tourists who come from around the world to learn about civil rights.
He’s also concerned about the education system, saying it’s “badly in need of proper financing and increased teacher pay,” and calling for an occupational tax and a lottery to solve the problem. He’s also said his first year’s salary will be put toward those initiatives.
And crime is another of his concerns. He believes home invasions and shootings are related and need to be properly addressed.
Qualifying is between July 2-16 and the election is set for Aug. 27.