Mayor Woodfin wins re-election, several city council incumbents returning

Mayor Woodfin wins re-election, several city council incumbents returning
Mayor Woodfin announcing the city of Birmingham’s 150 anniversary celebrations in 2021. Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has won a second term decisively defeating a crowded field of challengers that included a former mayor and Jefferson County Commissioner,

According to the latest unofficial results Woodfin  garnered 64% of the vote.

“Four years ago, I ran for mayor. Because I told each and every single person in this room. Each person that’s viewing this, that we deserve better. I told you all four years ago that we will put people first. And every single day that’s been our commitment to the citizens of Birmingham —that we will invest in our neighborhoods, and that we invest in our people.”

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressing 2021 victory party

What should we expect the next 4 years? During the election Woodfin released his 2025 plan which includes the following initiatives:

  • Further expanding the Birmingham Promise Scholarship Initiative
  • Expanding COVID-19 vaccination sites
  • Implementing the City’s PEACE Strategy, a public health-based approach to preventing gun violence in Birmingham
  • Launching “Operation Second Chance,” a program for Birmingham residents to expunge misdemeanors and select felonies from their criminal records
  • Expand the city’s Pardons for Progress program
  • Continuing the Birmingham Police Department’s policy of de-emphasizing marijuana possession cases so that minor marijuana possession cases no longer go before our municipal courts
  • Working to clear any remaining backlog of untested rape kits in Birmingham
  • Continuing efforts to revitalize Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods.

City Council Races

Birmingham City Hall at Sunset 2021
Birmingham City Hall in 2021. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Incumbents also had a good evening with the voters of Birmingham returning 5 city councilors without a runoff.

Unofficially, the following councillors received more than 50% of the vote avoiding a runoff. 

Hunter Williams 

Valerie Abbott 

Darrell O’Quinn 

Crystal Smitherman 

Wardine Alexander 

President of the City Council William Parker is likely headed for a runoff against JT Moore.  At last count, District 9 Councilor John Hilliard had secured  49% of the vote, which will force him into a runoff against LaTonya Tate. 

Birmingham from TJ Tower. Photo via Jon Eastwood

Because of the retirement of Councilor Steve Hoyt, the only race without an incumbent was District 8. Newcomer Carol Clarke had secured 53% of the vote.

Board of Education

The Birmingham Board of Education, is going to see some new faces. Several board members were defeated including District 2 Board member Terri Michal losing to Neonta Williams and Derrick Billups defeating  District 4 Board Member Daagye Hendricks. 

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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