Democrat Barbara Boyd on Tuesday won a seventh term to the Alabama House of Representatives.
Boyd won the seat with 63.2 percent of the vote, with just one precinct left to count, beating out Republican challenger James Lloyd, according to the Associated Press.
“I’m very grateful, and as usual I’m surprised by the results” she said, explaining that she was brought up never to expect success.
Boyd thanked all of her campaign staff and supporters.
“I want to thank anyone and everyone, and as I said when I was running, I can’t do it alone, and I still need help,” she said.
Boyd won the District 32 seat, which covers most of the city of Anniston and sweeps across Calhoun County into western Talladega County, taking in part of the city of Talladega.
At about 9:45 p.m. Lloyd told The Star that he’d called to concede and congratulate Boyd.
“She’s run a good race and a has a good machine,” he said.
Lloyd said he wants Boyd “to work harder for us and bring these jobs here.”
A majority-black district, though only slightly, District 32 has long been the area’s one reliably Democratic House seat. Boyd, a retired teacher and education professor, has held the seat since 1994.
Boyd was an early champion of a bill banning sexual abuse of inmates by jailers and chaired a committee that advocated the closure of Tutwiler Prison, the state’s only maximum security women’s prison. In 2014, the Justice Department issued a findings letter stating that Tutwiler “subjects its women prisoners to a pattern and practice of sexual abuse in violation the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution”
Boyd also played a key role in the committee that worked to have a Freedom Riders National Monument declared in Anniston to honor the activists in the 1961 bus desegregation campaign.
James Lloyd was a leader of Noble Street LLC, the group that owned Anniston’s Watermark Tower as it was being refurbished following a period of vacancy in the wake of a 2003 fire. Lloyd also owns Crabapple Cove, a horse farm in Wellborn.
Boyd faced two challengers in the June Democratic primary, pulling in 65 percent of the vote and avoiding a runoff. Lloyd qualified as the only Republican in the race in February.
Lloyd made few public appearances for the campaign, aside from a 20-minute with the Chamber of Commerce in September.