For those of you who do not know, I actually live in Phenix City, Alabama, which is right across the river from Columus, Georgia where I work. Yesterday, history was made in my hometown. We elected our first African-American mayor, Eddie Lowe.
Some of you may recall that a couple of years ago I wrote about his brother, Woodrow Lowe, who became our only high school's first African-American head football coach. Both men played football for legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
One of my best friends, Chris Blackshear, was elected to the post of City Councilman at Large. Both of these gentleman of the are products of Synovus Financial Corp., a company that espouses the philosophy of servant leadersip. Lowe is a senior vice president for CB&T of East Alabama and Blackshear is a director at TSYS.
I mentioned these two men this morning because I think they are special and I hold them both in high regard. Mayor-elect Lowe's campaign slogan was "Honesty, Integrity, Humility, and Generosity." Councilman at Large-elect Blackshear's slogan was "Service, Commitment, and Leadership."
Phenix City used to be a gangter-ridden town back in the 50's. There was even a movie about it and it was shown on Turner Classic Movies this past summer. We have suffered from this stigma ever since.
However, yesterday's election was a paradigm shift for our city. There was basically a clean sweep of all three districts. I look forward to our future. I get the gut feeling that our history has been rewritten.