Get to know Dorothea Crosby, a District 5 candidate in Birmingham’s city council race

Dorothea Crosby says that she is “an ordinary citizen answering the call to stand for my community.” She’s looking to fill Council President Johnathan Austin’s seat.

Dorothea Crosby, submitted

District 5, this interview is for you, but here’s a little background:

Your current councilor is Council President Johnathan Austin, and your neighborhoods include:

Other Candidates Declared:

Chris Davis, Darrell O’Quinn, Jeremy Schatz and Robert Walker. Will Johnathan Austin run for mayor?

If you want to find out which district you live in, and who else has declared their intents to run, please check out my post about all the candidates. It also covers information about your specific councilor and neighborhood.

My last city council candidate interview featured Sergio Williams, a Woodlawn native. You can read his interview here.

Each potential candidate was emailed the same questions, and I’m meeting with each of them in person.

When did you officially announce your candidacy and where/how did you do it?

On April 4, 2017, we had a campaign kickoff at B.O.S.S Ultra Lounge in the Southside/Parkside area. Some of my close friends and family were there to support the campaign. It was a memorable night.

What is the name of your political action committee?

Committee to Elect Dorothea Crosby.

Why do you want to run for Birmingham City Council?

I am an ordinary citizen answering the call to stand for my community.  Being a public servant means always putting the needs of those I serve ahead of my own.  It will be my job to hear the concerns of the citizens of District 5 and be the voice of the people. 

What is your background, education and experience?

I was educated in the Birmingham City Schools’ system, attending Tuggle Elementary and A. H. Parker High School and also attending the Southern Junior College of Business. As far as politics go, I’ve served as the campaign manager for a District Court Judge who ultimately won her campaign.  I went on to serve as her Judicial Assistant.  I have also been a volunteer in the Birmingham City Schools Pre- K program, Children’s Village and Habitat for Humanity.

How will you foster a healthy, working relationship between the mayor’s office and the Birmingham City Council/city hall?

I plan to be a team player, be respectful and have open and honest communication with the mayor and city council.  Working together is key.

How will you accomplish transparency with the residents of Birmingham, if elected?

For me, transparency is one of the key characteristics every elected official should possess. To maintain transparency with the citizens of District 5, I plan to attend neighborhood meetings to keep them informed on progress being made, as well as hearing their concerns first hand. I also will have periodic newsletters available at those neighborhood meetings, as well as keeping our webpage updated on all business pertaining to District 5 and the city of Birmingham.

What district are you running for and what area does that cover?

District 5 and it covers College Hill, Graymont, Smithfield, Fountain Heights, Central City, Southtown, North Avondale, South Avondale/ Forest Park, Crestwood North, Eastlake, Wahouma, Gate City, and Oak Ridge Park

The Birmingham municipal elections are scheduled for August 22, and June 23 is the last day that the Jefferson County Election Commission has to officially call the upcoming election.