MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The results are in, and there will be a runoff election for Montgomery’s new mayor.
Steven Reed and David Woods will face each other in a runoff on Oct. 8.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Reed received 18,485 votes (42 percent) and Woods received 10,245 votes (24 percent). In order to win and avoid a runoff, the top vote getter must get 50 percent plus 1 vote.
Reed is the Montgomery County probate judge. Woods is a businessman and owns WCOV-TV.
Reed and Woods faced 10 other candidates in Tuesday’s election for the capital city mayor. Ed Crowell and J.C. Love, who came in third and fourth, received 5,257 and 4,233 votes respectively.
The turnout in Tuesday’s municipal election was about 31 percent with 43,576 ballots cast out of 139,630 registered voters.
Reed addressed his crowd of supporters Tuesday night, saying his campaign is about bringing opportunities to everyone in the city.
“This is a chance for us to not only impact today, but to change tomorrow, and to change days beyond that because what we want to make sure we do is that we’re truly bringing opportunity to everyone in this city, regardless of their zip code, regardless of their neighborhood,” he said.
Reed looked to lock up in the vote without a runoff but he’s more than pleased with walking away with a sizable lead. Now the focus shifts to recruiting new voters.
“You don’t get to 44 percent with this many candidates without a broad coalition,” Reed said. “We’re going to run a camp for the entire city, we are going to run a camp that focuses on uniting the city on what we can accomplish as one. I believe we can do that. We want to make sure to connect the communities that may not have felt like they are a part of the city’s priorities, we want to do that by emphasizing our focus on education, emphasize our focus on neighborhood safety and creating a broader economy, one that restores the dignity of work for everyone who wants to work here and live and learn here,”
Woods said he is feeling good after Tuesday night’s results.
“We feel great," he said. "Montgomery’s an amazing place. Tonight Montgomery said they want a humble servant, they want a business leader to take this city forward into the future.”
Woods said he plans to campaign as aggressively as he has for the past six months.
The winner of the runoff will replace current Mayor Todd Strange who did not seek reelection.