Alabama Elects a Record Number of Black Female Judges
Alabama's Jefferson County is a democratic county, with Birmingham being the most populated city in the county. And last week, the county set a record by electing nine black women to become judges.
Birmingham lawyer Emory Anthony said he is excited that in 2016 they are able to have this many black female judges, calling it a "proud moment."
The elected judges include: 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.
Elisabeth French and the other judges agree that they were not elected because they are black women, but because they are qualified to do the job.
"I think the people don't necessarily just support you just because of your race and gender. I think voters expect more than that. They look at our qualifications and make a decision about who they can trust with the leadership position," French told The Birmingham Times.
The nine female judges are to be sworn in January 2017. There will then be 38 women of color serving in Congress.
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