HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Political newcomer Devyn Keith will be the next city councilman for Huntsville's District 1. At about 8:30 pm, longtime city councilman Richard Showers conceded the race.
Results were not final, with 94% of precincts reporting, Devyn Keith had 69% of the votes.
In the August municipal election, Keith won 42 percent of the vote. Showers got 29 percent.
"Change has come to north Huntsville," said Keith following his victory in an interview with WHNT News 19. "We're motivated by that change because it is the individuals... who increased their expectation of their civic leader."
Keith said he is blessed to be where he is tonight.
"I'm excited for the movement," he said when asked how he was feeling. "I'm excited for everybody who's put hard work in. I'm just ready to sleep!"
Keith tells WHNT News 19 his next steps will be continuing to talk with his constituents, to find out issues in the community he'll be taking on when he begins his term as councilman. When he takes office, he plans to focus on infrastructure and economic development, with an emphasis on cohesion.
"We have to understand the importance of bringing the community together and staying transparent," he said.
Showers thanked his supporters gathered at his watch party Tuesday evening, telling them he did his best to serve faithfully.
"I want to say as I leave this position, by the hand of God He allowed it to end this way. To all of you who have been supportive, I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you," he said.
Showers told WHNT News 19 earlier Tuesday, "I am just determined, whether I win or lose, to still serve this northern part of Huntsville, Alabama."