FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2018
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Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed Selected as One of Nation’s Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders
Joins group of 150 of the most innovative Democratic state and local officials
Washington, D.C. - Today, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed was selected as one of nine leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders led by Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. Members of the 150-person network, who are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities, have been chosen from among more than 1000 nominations.
Reed and his peers in the new class of leaders (listed below) were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity, as they work to move their communities forward in the new economy and reject the idea that leaders can or should want to turn the clock back to a prior era. These individuals’ work will help build on NewDEAL’s The Way Forward, a policy agenda released last fall with innovative ideas to address the most pressing issues facing Americans today.
"Anyone wondering where to look for a bench of talented rising Democrats should take note of the NewDEAL's innovative network of results-oriented and forward-thinking leaders,” said Senator Warner (D-VA) and Governor Markell. “We are excited to welcome Judge Reed as part of another class of innovative pro-growth progressives from throughout the country who are committed to meeting the demands of a changing world and rebuilding trust in government. We look forward to promoting his work as part of NewDEAL's policy agendas, while giving him the chance to learn from other leaders and work with them to set a vision for the future."
NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work, with 98 percent of members winning elections in 2016 and 2017, across red, blue, and purple states, including ten elected to higher office. Four members were elevated to statewide office, including in the swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
"Judge Reed is a fantastic leader and innovative judge who will have a lot to contribute to NewDEAL's efforts to promote effective solutions to our biggest challenges," said Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, a NewDEAL member. "I congratulate him on this well-earned honor and look forward to him being part of the important conversations that NewDEAL is leading."
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. Since that time, 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 National Government Coordinating Council, and upholding the rule of law by becoming the first Probate Judge in Alabama to perform same sex marriages after dissension over a federal court ruling.
“I’m excited to be a part of this new class and to work with them on NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunity in communities nationwide,” said Reed. “As we continue to work to ensure justice and fair opportunity for the people of Montgomery County, I look forward to sharing the lessons we have learned and hearing from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance.”
Reed brings a systematic approach to his position that is rooted in his private sector experience as a financial analyst at a Fortune 100 company, and as a small business owner who understands the challenges people face in the 21st century. His determination has culminated in an effort to transform the Probate Court into a value-added, solution-oriented government entity that maintains public trust. As the county’s Chief Election Official, Reed remains an outspoken critic of Voter ID laws and remains committed to protecting voting right while expanding voter participation.
The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.
One of the organization’s signature events, the Ideas Summit, will take place May 29-30 in Seattle, WA, where about 30 Leaders will join other innovators from the public and private sectors to discuss the path forward on key issues on which progress is being threatened, including trade, climate change, and education. In addition to panels and breakouts sessions, speakers will include NewDEAL Honorary Co-chair U.S. Senator Mark Warner as well as entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 158 leaders from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Learn more about Judge Reed and the NewDEAL at http://www.newdealleaders.org/leaders.
The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:
Dorcey Applyrs, City Councilmember, New York, NY
Adrian Fontes, County Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ
Vin Gopal, Senator, Monmouth County, NJ
Adam Gray, Assemblymember Merced, California
Steven L. Reed, Probate Judge, Montgomery County, AL
Andy Schor, Mayor, Lansing, MI
Anne Sung, Independent School District Board Member Houston, TX
Lovely Warren, Mayor, Rochester, NY
Randall L. Woodfin, Mayor, Birmingham, AL