SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - If tradition holds, Salisbury will have a new mayor as of Tuesday afternoon.
Al Heggins was the top vote-getter in her first run for office. Heggins was at the top of the list from the very beginning once the results started coming in.
"I was surprised, I was very surprised, honestly," Heggins told WBTV on Tuesday. "I was just running for a seat on city council. Never in a million years did I imagine I would be top vote-getter."
Heggins was followed by incumbent David Post, incumbent Mayor Karen Alexander, newcomer Tamara Sheffield, and incumbent Brian Miller.
"An African-American, our first gay, openly gay council member that's ever been elected. Our mayor pro-tem, if we stick to tradition, will be Jewish, three women on council," Heggins added. "I mean like wow, it's just like wow!"
Traditionally, during the first council meeting in December, council votes the top vote-getter into the office of mayor.
Heggins is a native of Rowan County and is the founder of the Human Praxis Institute. She previously worked for the city of High Point.
Heggins is also a founding member of Women for Community Justice. Earlier this year the organization held five Stop the Violence summits to bring together residents with police and elected officials to discuss things that contribute to city violence.
"The first thing I want to do is really start hearing from people and get this congress of neighborhoods up and running. I think that's going to be critical for success and the movement for diversity," Heggins said. "You elect five people and we do a lot of decision making, but it's going to be so important to really start including voices from across the city in this decision-making process."
Salisbury City Council meets at 5:00 pm on Tuesday in the Salisbury City Council Chambers on S. Main Street.