Jefferson County (Alabama) saw a record nine black female judges elected in Tuesday’s election. They will be sworn-in in January. Birmingham lawyer Emory Anthony said he is excited that in 2016 “we are able to have this many black female judges, and that we are also able to have 15 people of color who have won through-out the county.
“I just think it’s great. Jefferson County is a majority Democratic County. They turn out to vote, they’re capable of electing qualified individuals,” said Anthony, who is former president of the Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council.
The winners were Javan Patton, Debra Bennett Winston, Shera Craig Grant, Nakita “Niki” Perryman Blocton, Tamara Harris Johnson, Elisabeth French, Agnes Chappell, Brendette Brown Green and Annetta Verin who won uncontested. Anthony called it “a proud moment” and said those elected can help pave the way for the next generation.