Today, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed announced his candidacy for Mayor of Montgomery. Reed said his campaign will announce the details of his official campaign kickoff event and will release the members of his campaign leadership team in the very near future.
“I have decided to run for Mayor of Montgomery,” Reed said. “I reached this decision after much prayer and many discussions with family, friends, and members of the community. I’ve received a great deal of encouragement from a wide cross-section of citizens from religious leaders, business leaders, and people on the street. If we make the right decisions in the coming years, I believe Montgomery has great opportunities in front of us. We have 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."
With his election as Probate Judge of Montgomery County in 2012, Reed became the first African American and youngest person ever elected to the office. He was reelected in 2018 with no opposition. As Montgomery County Probate Judge, he has worked relentlessly to improve mental health outcomes through enacting court reforms of the involuntary commitment process, solidifying election integrity as a member of the Department of Homeland Security National Government Coordinating Council, and upholding the rule of law by becoming the first Probate Judge in Alabama to implement the federal court order on marriage equality.
Reed brought a focused approach to the Probate office rooted in his private sector experience as a financial analyst at a Fortune 100 company, in addition to his experience as a small business owner who understands the challenges people face in the 21st century. Reed transformed the Probate Court into a value-driven, solution-oriented government entity that maintains public trust. As the county’s Chief Election Official, Reed was one of two officials from Alabama to serve on the US Election Assistance Commission National Standards Board. He is an outspoken critic of Voter ID laws and remains committed to protecting voting rights while expanding voter participation.
Reed was nominated for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2015 for successfully challenging the illegal order handed down by former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Reed was nominated for the Judge Isabella Horton Guardianship Award in 2016 for his leadership in the creation of the Healthy Minds network, a public private partnership that revolutionized mental health services in Montgomery County. in 2017 Reed was selected as one of nine leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL Network (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) and was recently selected by the American-Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) as one of a select group of leaders from across the country to travel to Israel for a geopolitical forum on US-Israel relations.
Reed is a graduate of Montgomery’s Jeff Davis High School. He received his BA from Morehouse College and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt. Steven is married to Tamika Reed, an attorney. They have three children.