ALABAMA (WHNT) — Democrat Yolanda Flowers made history on Tuesday night – she is now the first Black Alabamian to be nominated by a major party for the state’s highest office.
Unofficial results show Flowers overcoming her runoff opponent State Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier with over 55% of the vote. Fortier, a freshman member of the Alabama Senate, earned around 45% of the vote.
On Tuesday night, Flowers tweeted “We did it, Alabama! Thank you!”
Flowers is a political novice, having never served in political office before. However, she recently told News 19 that her platform of “reconstructing Alabama” is strong enough to serve as governor.
“What I love about the Democratic Party now that it has shifted is that we are for everybody, not just one sect,” Flowers said. “Not just for one race or ethnic group. We’re for everybody.”
Flowers draws on the inspiration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Shirley Chisholm, who became the first Black woman ever elected to Congress in 1968.
“These are people that just loved the community and they saw the change being written. But Shirley Chisholm, she’s kind of like me. She didn’t have any political background nor did Martin Luther King but these are people that just step out of the boat and took a chance and walked on that water,” Flowers tells News 19
Flowers added it is not lost on her that she is going up against one of the most popular governors in the entire nation, Kay Ivey, in the general election in November, one that has a 62% approval rating.
This is the first time in Alabama history that both major party nominees are women.