Another candidate has thrown their hat in the ring for Montgomery mayor.

Montgomery Co. Probate Judge Steven Reed made the announcement on Wednesday.

“I have decided to run for mayor of Montgomery,” Reed announced in an email. “I reached this decision after much prayer and many discussions with family, friends, and members of the community.”

Reed continued, “We have to be proactive and seek out new ideas on economic development, education and public safety. As a city, our goal must be to thrive and not merely survive. We’ve done that in the Probate Court, and the Mayor’s office will give me the opportunity to formulate and drive a positive agenda to move Montgomery forward.”

Reed joins a growing field of candidates who have publicly announced that they are running including former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean, and first-time candidate Marcus McNeal.

About Reed

Reed was elected Montgomery County Probate Judge in November 2012, the first African American in that position. In February 2015, he was the first probate judge in the state of Alabama to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, defying former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Reed began his professional career as a financial analyst in the Marketing Performance department at American Airlines corporate headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas. After making the decision to enter politics, Judge Reed started a government relations firm to advocate issues before the Alabama legislature. He then went on to serve as Senior Aide to Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr.

Judge Reed and his wife, Tamika, are the proud parents of three children.