There are a lot of people who have declared their intents to run, ya’ll, along with a few who have already bowed out. Who are they? Check out our UPDATED list of potential candidates who are running as of 5/24/17.
But First, The News
Yesterday was a big day for city-wide election news, as District 9 Councilor Marcus Lundy said he was not running for re-election. According to the Birmingham Times, Lundy’s decision was based on family, faith and work priorities and not pressure from the mayor’s office. Weld has a different take on Lundy’s announcement. As a Saturday Night Live character once made famous by Dana Carvey used to say:
One Day You’re running …
Carlos Chaverst is out of the mayoral race. While he declared his intent to run and participated in the first mayoral forum, he does not meet the age requirement to run for mayor. He is too young.
Candidates, Districts And Interviews
I’ve divided the list of potential candidates into their respective districts. Don’t know which district your neighborhood is in? This link from the Birmingham City Council will tell you.
I’m also sharing the neighborhoods for each district, according to the Birmingham City Council, as well as each current representative.
Mayoral candidates are listed at the bottom of this post.
This list is not exhaustive, as there is still time to join the race if you’d like to throw your hat into the ring. Know someone who is running who isn’t on the list? Know someone who has dropped out? Message me on Facebook: @bhamnow. I’ll be sure to make corrections and update the post.
Each candidate is linked to a Facebook page or election website if they have one. This is a good way to learn about them and get in touch with them. I’ve also included links to all Bham Now interviews that have been posted.
Sherman Collins has declared his intent to run. We look forward to interviewing him for Bham Now. Here is a link to his campaign Facebook page.
Your current councilor is Kim Rafferty. She has declared her intent to run.
She represents: Brown Springs, Crestline, Crestwood South, Eastwood, Huffman, Liberty Highlands, Overton, Roebuck, Roebuck Springs, South East Lake.
If you click on their names, the link will take you to their respective campaign websites: Lawrence Conaway, Kimberly Jeanty, Stephen L. Murphy, Kim Rafferty (incumbent), Deanna Reed, Jordan Thompson and Tyrone Williams. Bham Now has interviewed Conaway, Jeanty, Murphy, Rafferty (incumbent) Thompson and Williams. We look forward to interviewing Deanna Reed.
Your current councilor is Valerie Abbott.
She represents: Crestwood North, Crestwood South, East Avondale, Five Points South (Also part of District 5), Forest Park (Also part of District 5), Glen Iris (Also part of District 6), Highland Park, Redmont Park, South Avondale.
Your current councilor is William Parker. He represents:
Airport Highlands, Brownsville Heights, Brumitt Heights, Collegeville, East Birmingham, Harriman Park, Fairmont, Inglenook, Killough Springs (Also part of District 1), Kingston, North Avondale, Eastlake, North Norwood, Maple Grove, Penfield Park, Pine Knoll Vista, Woodlawn, Zion City.
Sergio Williams is currently running. Here is the link to Bham Now’s interview with him.
Your current councilor is Council President Johnathan Austin.
He represents: Central City, College Hills, Crestwood North, Druid Hills, Eastlake, East Avondale, Five Points South (Also part of District 3), Forest park (Also part of District 3), Fountain Heights, Gate City, Graymont (Also part of District 6), North Avondale, Oak Ridge Park, Smithfield, Southside, Wahouma.
Your current councilor is Shelia Tyson. She represents: Arlington West End, Cooper Green Homes, Glen Iris (Also part of District 3), Graymont (Also part of District 5), Mason City, Loveman Village, North Titusville, Oakwood Place, Powderly (Also part of District 7), Smithfield, South Titusville, West End Oark, Woodland Park.
Keith O. Williams has declared his intent to run. Here is the link to our interview with Williams.
Your current councilor is Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson.
He represents: Central Park, East Brownville, Garden Highlands, Germania Park, Graselli Heights, Hillman, Hillman Park, Jones Valley, Powderly (Also part of District 6), Oakwood Place, Oxmoor Valley, Riley Travelick, Roosevelt City, Tarpley City, West Brownville, West End Manor, West Goldwire.
Jheri Robinson has declared an intent to run.
Your current councilor is Marcus Lundy. He announced yesterday that he will not be seeking reelection.
Lundy represents: ACIPCO Finley, Central, North and South Pratt, Hooper City, Ensley (Also part of District 8), Oak Ridge, North Birmingham (Also part of District 4), Sandusky, Smithfiled Estates, Sherman Heights, Tuxedo, Wylam, Dolomite, Evergreen (Also part of District 5), East Thomas, Enon Ridge.
John Hilliard and Eric Hall are running.
Declared CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR:
- Incumbent Mayor William Bell
- Patricia Bell
- Randy Davis
- Philemon Hill
- Frank Matthews
- Fernandez (Brother) Sims
- Randall Woodfin
- Chris Woods