Lynneice Washington becomes first African American woman DA in Alabama

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Last week was a historic week for Alabama as Lynneice Washington took the oath of office as Bessemer Cutoff district attorney on Tuesday, becoming the first African American woman to hold the position.

The Auburn University at Montgomery alumna narrowly beat incumbent Bill Veitch for the position by only 284 votes, according to the secretary of state’s office.

“I know the people, I know the community and I think it’s time, it’s time for change and I plan to be the one to implement that change, positive change,” Washington told WIAT. “I want to include, I want to be rooted in the community.”

Most recently Washington served as the presiding judge in Bessemer Municipal Court, before retiring to run for DA. Prior to that the Birmingham-native worked as an assistant district attorney from 2002 to 2010, in the same office where she’s now the DA.

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