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Election ’09: Now the work begins

I voted stickerThe people have spoken (well, only about 14.5% have – and that’s with the storm holding off until late last night – but that’s besides the point) and we now have a new Birmingham City Council ready to take office in late November. Last night’s runoff elections for the Council and school board seats were definitely interesting and led to some great discussions on Birmingham Weekly’s live blog coverage. Meanwhile, Wade on Birmingham provided a rundown of who ended up where as a result of yesterday’s activities. The Birmingham News reminds us this morning about the most closely watched of the races – the one involving City Council President Carole Smitherman and Citizens Advisory Board president Sheila Tyson.

Of course, if you want a recap of exactly how it went down, check out BhamWiki’s page on the election.

Did you vote today?


Well, did you? Well, you’ve got until 7 p.m. to do so here in Birmingham, AL as we hold elections to see who will be representing us as city councilors and members of the city’s school board. City Hall’s planning on sharing election totals live on its front page, with the mayor even suggesting that voter turnout would be between 15-25% of registered voters this time.

I sure hope so

Who’s running for City Council on August 25?

New Birmingham, Alabama logoFolks had until yesterday to qualify for the August 25 municipal elections for Birmingham’s City Council and Board of Education. Runoffs if necessary would take place on October 6. That meant that I’ve spent most of today trying to find out how many of them have a web presence. The results follow below.

We start with the list of candidates running for City Council’s nine (9) representative seats. It starts after the jump.

BTW, no surprise, it’s a long one with 46 people qualifying by the deadline.

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Election ’09: We’ve got a date!

New Birmingham, Alabama logoWe learned yesterday that this year’s municipal elections in Birmingham will take place on August 25. The Birmingham Election Commission set the elections for City Council and the school board after it received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice last week. The decision means that we’ll be voting on the same day as much of the rest of the state this year.

We’re aware of several people who’ve already declared themselves as candidates in this year’s City Council races; we’ve even heard a few rumbles about the folks thinking about running for the school board seats.

Who do you know who’s announced their intentions to run?

Let the 2009 City Council races begin

I knew that I should have had a bet going as to how soon someone would announce their intentions to run for City Council seats in 2009. The first candidate out the gate is… Hooper City Neighborhood Association and Birmingham Young Democrats president William Barnes.

The announcement was made via an Evite to his campaign’s first fundraiser early next month at The Wine Loft (downtown location). if you know of anyone else intending to throw their hat in the ring for any of the districts, let us know.

BTW – if you’re interested in William Bell’s former seat, you’ve got until tomorrow to apply.