This former footballer and local contractor is running for mayor of Birmingham. Who is he?
Chris Woods is a Birmingham native and owner of C.W. Woods Contracting Services Inc. He joins incumbent Mayor William Bell, Brother Fernandez Sims, Randall Woodfin, Philemon Hill and Randy Davis in the race for Birmingham’s next mayor.
Off To The Race
First things first. The race for the election is just getting started, and we have a ways to go before election day on August 22. While I’m still reaching out to all potential candidates, you might know someone, too. Above all, I want you to get in touch! Shoot me a message: @bhamnow on Facebook. Another way to reach us is via Twitter: @now_bham.
Another point to consider is that the Jefferson County Election Commission has until June 23 to officially call the upcoming Birmingham municipal election. In addition, they must each qualify in the Judge of Probate Office of Jefferson County.
After I’ve interviewed all the candidates, I’ll be reaching out to all of them on a periodic basis. Why? So that I can ask them how they would respond to city and community issues that are important to you.
Of course, you can always leave us a comment or message us on Facebook with your thoughts. We’d love to know what you want from your local candidates and current politicians. This is another reason why we do what we do!
Even though we’re still reaching out to all interested parties, right now it’s Chris Wood’s turn.
Lastly, as a note to our readers: I emailed each potential candidate the same questions. I’m also meeting with each of them in person.
Interview In 3,2,1
When did you officially announce your candidacy and where/how did you do it?
After much prayer, seeking wisdom from God and receiving the support and blessing of my wife Cassandra, we announced our candidacy for mayor on March 19 at Hopewell Baptist Church.
What is the name of your principle campaign committee?
Chris Woods For Mayor
Why do you want to run for mayor of Birmingham?
As mayor, we will bring the change and transparent government our citizens deserve and expect. The neighborhoods in Birmingham have been neglected and are not the same picturesque and safe communities of my youth.
Many of our citizens are forced to travel outside of Birmingham to purchase groceries because we don’t have grocery stores near their neighborhoods.
The young men who are responsible for criminal activity have no vision for a future and must be redirected. I will work with the school system to bring the teaching of trades and to equip them with the skills to be successful.
What is your background, education and experience?
I received a football scholarship to Auburn University. At Auburn, we won a SEC championship and I graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts. After playing professional football for six years, I founded CWWoods Contracting Services, Inc. For over 20 years, I have volunteered and served as president and coach of youth football and baseball teams.
The Nitty Gritty
What are the top three issues Birmingham is facing as a community, and how do you intend to address them?
Crime, corruption and revitalizing the neighborhoods. As mayor, I will work with the city council to build throughout the entire city. We will create incentives for private investors to invest in our communities.
How will you foster a healthy, working relationship between the mayor’s office and the Birmingham City Council/City Hall?
Being on a team fosters an atmosphere of team members working together for a common goal. It is my vision the city council and mayor’s office work congruently to move the city forward. Whenever there are times of disagreement, it will never become personal. That starts with showing respect to each other and a willingness to listen.
How will you accomplish transparency with the residents of Birmingham, if elected?
Transparency and fiscal responsibility will be non-negotiable. We will restore the public trust by ensuring that tax payers funds be used efficiently and not wasted. Pay-to-play politics will end!
How do you intend to lower Birmingham’s crime rate?
Birmingham will hire additional police officers to fight crime. We will compensate our officers and provide them the equipment and support they need to perform their jobs. I believe one of the greatest tools to fight crime is crime prevention programs.