Female candidates break barriers in midterm elections

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) -- The midterm elections brought a surge of female candidates who broke barriers all over the country on Tuesday. 

Kay Ivey became the first republican woman elected governor in Alabama. Nationally, there were plenty of firsts and records broken as well. 

"It's just the world's changing, women are taking their rightful place in society and in leadership roles and politics, it's only a natural progression," said political analyst Steve Flowers. 

In a year that has been defined by the political awakening and activism of women, election day tested whether those women would reach office in record-breaking numbers. 

Marshell Jackson Hatcher is one local woman who said the time was now to run for Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 8. 

"It was just our time we know we can do the work and in most cases have done the work but it was in the background," said Hatcher. 

The non-partisan group, The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham is hosting a community discussion about the midterm elections on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.

Judge Alan King will discuss voter turnout and voting security. 

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