By: Melissa Brown
The University of Alabama Tuesday elected their first black Student Government Association president in almost four decades.
Elliot Spillers, a junior from Pelham, is also considered to be the first non-Machine candidate to win the election since John Merrill (now Alabama's Secretary of State) won in 1986.
This will be Spillers' first elected position within the SGA, where he has served appointed positions, most recently as deputy director of engagement.
He is studying business management with a political science minor, and is a member of the Honors College.
Spillers said he was "shocked and thankful" after receiving the election results.
Spillers defeated Stephen Keller for the position, who is currently vice president of student affairs in the SGA.
In a statement Tuesday evening, Keller congratulated Spillers on an "excellent campaign" and thanked his supporters.
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