Who’s running in Birmingham’s mayoral race?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham’s municipal elections are just a week away, and voters are gearing up to choose the city’s next mayor.

There are 12 candidates running in the mayoral race. They are:

William Bell (incumbent)

Randall Woodfin

Q: As Huntsville is projected to eclipse Birmingham as the largest city in AL, what steps should the city take to remain competitive in growth and development?

A: Local businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy. We must create an environment that enables Birmingham to incubate new ideas, grow jobs, and allow the talents of our residents to prosper if we truly hope to remain competitive for talent and, ultimately, to accelerate our population growth.

We’ve got to do better by the people that already live here if we want to keep them. Then, we will be able to activate current citizens as our ultimate driver of population growth. A safe community with good jobs attract people, not flashy projects and slick brochures.

As mayor, I commit to work hard to ensure more jobs and educational opportunities for citizens.

Q: Describe your approach for addressing violence in the city.

A: Birmingham is on pace for 108 homicides in 2017, which would be the second year in a row our city recorded triple-digit homicides. Mayor Bell’s Violent Reduction Initiative simply is not working – officer morale is low, experienced officers are leaving the force, and community-police relations are weak.

As a prosecutor, I know that reducing violent crime requires a comprehensive approach. We must expand our capacity to fight crime, provide job and educational opportunities to deter crime, and build trust between our police force and communities.

Q: Voters have expressed frustration with candidates being voted into office and not keeping campaign promises. What would you say to voters who have this concern about you?

A. There has been a significant lack of transparency from the current administration. When City of Birmingham business in backrooms rather than in communities fighting for families, it is easy to understand how some voters become disillusioned by politics or view city government as business as usual.

My campaign promises are highly visible on my website http://www.RandallWoodfin.com and we will have a public scorecard for citizens to hold my administration accountable. Frankly, we want voters to remain engaged with City Hall beyond election day. Frustrated voters that stay engaged in the process can have a major, positive impact on outcomes for the city.

On Tuesday, citizens will have an opportunity to vote for an accountable and transparent City Hall.

Q: Why should people vote for you for Mayor of Birmingham?

A: Birmingham faces real, urgent threats. Growing income inequality and double-digit unemployment in many of our neighborhoods. Blighted neighborhoods. And we are consistently rated as one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

I declared my candidacy for mayor because I believe politics should be about identifying our city’s problems and working together in good faith to solve them. This means making real investments in creating jobs, safeguarding our neighborhoods, supporting local business and fostering communities where all families can thrive.

The depth of these challenges require a leadership that is committed to bringing people together. A leader who is willing to listen and work with people who do not always agree. A leader who respects differing views and finds common ground with the City Council on the critical issues affecting our city.

If we are serious about tackling our problems, we must get serious about cooperation and collaboration and electing a mayor that is committed to listening, building consensus and leading by example. If we truly want to make Birmingham the best version of itself, we deserve a leader that the people can trust. And I believe I am that leader.

Q: What is either one misconception you believe voters have about you, or what is one thing you believe voters may not know about you that you think they’d need to know before Tuesday?

A: I am a lifelong resident of Birmingham. My entire professional career has been dedicated to improving outcomes for the people of this city. Whether in the courtroom as a city prosecutor or the classroom as a Birmingham Public School board member, I have always put the interests of this city before my own.

I love Birmingham. And because of my unwavering love, I’ve endured many sleepless nights often pondering solutions to the various issues that plague our hardworking families and communities. Issues like generational poverty. Persistent crime. Stagnant economy. Chronic drug use. Sadly, the list is long.

But I’m relentlessly optimistic and I believe there is always hope. And that hope starts with putting our residents first.

On Tuesday, you will have an important decision to make that will determine the future of our great city. I encourage you visit my website and explore my policy agenda. Together, we can close a chapter of corruption and status quo in Birmingham, and usher in a new generation of leadership and progress.

Chris Woods

Lanny E. Jackson

Randy Davis (no closing statement from forum)

Questions asked:

As Huntsville is projected to eclipse Birmingham as the largest city in AL, what steps should the city take to remain competitive in growth and development?

Describe your approach for addressing violence in the city.

Voters have expressed frustration with candidates being voted into office and not keeping campaign promises. What would you say to voters who have this concern about you?

Why should people vote for you for Mayor of Birmingham?

What is either one misconception you believe voters have about you, or what is one thing you believe voters may not know about you that you think

A: Renewable energy is a boom now. Atlanta just became the 26 th city to commit to it. This will not only bring in jobs , but jobs that pay very good. I look forward to working with Alabama power to making this happen. Under my plan all officers will have take home cars in 4 yrs . It’s efficient and the officers know presence would be beneficial in the community. Community policing would be done different also . Bridging the bond between the communities and law enforcement. I love people and I want to move the city together. I love Birmingham. This is my city. I have plans for our infrastructure , education, and economic development for. Birmingham. I will be transparent and I want to be your Mayor.. Havnt really heard of a misconception, But I’m a Mayor for the people. It’s time to move Birmingham..

Frank Matthews (no closing statement from forum)

Carl Jackson (no closing statement from forum)

Fernandez Sims

E. Philemon Hill II

Donald Lomax

Patricia Bell

Q: As Huntsville is projected to eclipse Birmingham as the largest city in AL, what steps should the city take to remain competitive in growth and development?

A: Remaining competitive with other municipalities in our state will require a more serious interest in the success of Birmingham’s education system. Voters will see a more direct approach to education should they choose me for their mayor. I won’t put the city’s schools under the city’s authority. However, I will become more proactive, in order to avoid a state take over or a none competitive student body, unprepared for higher institutions of learning and the workforce. My first approach to Birmingham’s growth and development will involve one
to one engagement with our new superintendent, Dr. Herring. I will propose larger funding from the city’s budget on the grounds that improved student academic performance will become a mandate and superintendent principal collaboration will increase, as well as, an open door policy for parents and their children will be implemented.

Growth and development in Birmingham can not get adequate stimulation if citizens don’t begin to  take control of their own economic base (spending practices that create job growth) .As mayor I will help stimulate economic growth by expanding the innovation empowerment center that’s centrally located downtown, into business community incubators. The convenience of community based job development opportunities and new business ownership assistance will motivate the down trodden to join with officials who care about them, to improve living conditions in Birmingham.

Q: Describe your approach for addressing violence in the city.

A: On the subject of violence, I will create and mandate for misdemeanor offenders, a “Character Identity Crises’ project , as a crime preventitive measure. Also, I will recruit a 1000 volunteer law enforcement support group. This volunteer group will student ways to improve community police relations, The volunteer support group will solicit and prepare new prospective police officers.

Q: Why should people vote for you for Mayor of Birmingham?

A: Why should citizens vote for me? Answer: I am proposing a new direction for our city that include will  bring prosperity for the masses not just those who are trying creat themselves a class.

Q. What is either one misconception you believe voters have about you, or what is one thing you believe voters may not know about you that you think
they’d need to know before Tuesday?

A: The most important things to remember about me, Patricia Bell, Birmingham 2017 mayoral candidate, is that your vote for me is a vote for you and the next generation. The legacy of Birmingham will be better than it has ever been, and the last thing you must remember before you vote on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, is , I am not in Mayor
Willliam Bell’s family, I am not his cousin. I love you Birmingham, I believe in you. Tuesday, let’s show the world that we believe in each other here in Birmingham Alabama. – Patricia Bell

We asked one more question:

Voters have expressed frustration with candidates being voted into office and not keeping campaign promises. What would you say to voters who have this concern about you?

Trudy Hunter

The election is on Tuesday, August 22nd. CBS 42 has reached out to all the candidates with contact information listed publicly with 5 questions for them. As they respond, this story will be updated,

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