Mark Pettway becomes first African-American elected Jefferson Co. sheriff

VIDEO: JeffCo Sheriff candidate Mark Pettway

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Mike Hale has conceded the Jefferson County Sheriff’s race to Mark Pettway.

Mark Pettway is the first African-American elected to the office.

Watch comments from earlier in the evening from Pettway above.

You can watch Hale’s concession in the Facebook video below.

‪Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale concedes and congratulates Sgt. Mark Pettway ‪@WBRCnews #ElectionNight ‬

Posted by Jamiese Price WBRC on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

“I think the key thing right now the deputies are going to keep answering the calls. In January they will be his deputies. They are a great bunch of men and women, well trained. He’s trained. He’s well-trained. He’s going to do a good job. As for Mike Hale and my family, I’m okay. We have some great initiatives. We have crime reduction for the county. I’m fine. I feel like I let some of my supporters down and folks all over the county, but I did everything I could do.”

“There’s no more campaigning in my future and I appreciate the citizens of Jefferson County for electing me. I’ve enjoyed working with them.”

“If you look at the numbers you will see I out polled the other Democrats so it wasn’t my initiatives. It was just a bad night for Republicans. I don’t want to make excuses. I did the best I could. I don’t want to take away from the sheriff - elects campaign. He did a good job. “

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