JeffCo Commission District 1 election tomorrow (& July 13)

06.21.2010 by André Natta · → 1 Comment

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election signTomorrow’s runoff election is specifically for residents of Jefferson County living in District 1 and pertains to the commission seat vacated when William Bell became mayor of Birmingham, AL earlier this year. The winner serves the remainder of Bell’s term, set to expire at the end of the year.

The crazy thing is that you’ll be given a choice between Birmingham City Councilman Johnathan Austin and retired General George Bowman tomorrow – and on July 13. The second election will determine the Democratic nominee for November’s general election.

Confused yet?

The Birmingham News‘ editorial board explains the situation as clearly as it can be, but it can still be a little disturbing if you think about it. One scenario, for example, could lead us to have to hold another special election to fill Austin’s unexpired term at City Hall if he’s successful tomorrow.

If you’re a resident of District 1 and you want some help figuring out just who to vote for, the Birmingham Young Democrats are teaming up with Women of Will (WOW) to host a candidates runoff forum this evening at 5:30 p.m. at Cosmos Sports Bar and Grill in Norwood.

Candidates for Alabama’s 7th Congressional District seat in Congress – Terri Sewell and Shelia Smoot – will be there too. You’ll only have to vote for them once (& won’t have to do that until July 13).

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Dystopos
Dystopos

The irony is that this special election was enabled by a newly-passed law to avoid having the Governor make an "undemocratic" appointment, but the runoff ends up being between the Governor's previous appointee and a man who first came to the City Council as an appointee. Where it can really get interesting is if Austin wins the temporary seat, but Bowman wins the full term, forcing the council to fill another vacancy and leaving Austin without an office after a few months.