Alabama’s Madison County Elects First Black Female Commissioner

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[Violet Edwards]
AL: "The 44-year-old Malone is vice president of the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless and executive director of Christmas Charities Year Round."
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Madison County voters made history this week by electing Violet Edwards as the first African-American woman to the County Commission.

Edwards won the Democratic primary runoff, and there is no Republican candidate in the heavily Democratic district. But she won’t take office until after the November general election. She defeated incumbent District 6 incumbent JesHenry Malone with 1,784 votes to Malone’s 1,476. Malone was appointed to the seat in 2018 after the death of Commissioner Bob Harrison. He led voting in the three-candidate March primary, but could not best Edwards in this week’s runoff.

The 44-year-old Malone is vice president of the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless and executive director of Christmas Charities Year Round. She moved to Huntsville in 2002 to work as a television journalist. “She found she did not want to tell the story as much as she wanted to join the conversation and bring about change,” Malone’s campaign biography says.

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