Ashville elects first African-American mayor

Published: Aug. 24, 2016 at 9:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 at 9:55 PM CDT
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ASHVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Ashville in St. Clair County is a small city but it made big news and history with Tuesday's election.

"I'm just over the moon. Excited. I really am," Derrick Mostella, Ashville Mayor-elect said.

Mostella, 37, works at an industrial supply company in Irondale. He has served on the city council and now he will be mayor, the first African-American elected mayor of the mostly-white city and county.

"Everybody came out and voted for the person they thought was the best candidate across the board and I don't think race ever played an issue that is the thing I want to push," Mostella said.

Mostella says his mother loves telling the story when he was 2 years old and going into then Ashville Mayor Bill Murry's store.

"She took me in. he turned around and looked down on me and said that kid is going to be mayor one day and she tells that story wherever she goes and the pride I see on her face when she says it means the world to me." Mostella said.

Mostella is married and a father of three. HIs goals beefing up the city's infrastructure and more businesses.

The mayor takes office in November and he plans to hit the ground running but he has a powerful message to lure businesses: Ashville welcomes everyone.

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