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JeffCo Commission District 1 election tomorrow (& July 13)

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).

Kyle threatened with “the boot”

We’re not really sure if Jefferson County Commission president Bettye Fine Collins would have really kicked out Birmingham Weekly columnist Kyle Whitmire at the end of today’s post meeting conference. All we’ll say is imagine what the post over on Mixed Media would have been if she had.

Kyle’s piece from earlier today includes video from last week and links to the comments made by Collins that he attempted to raise questions about.

A tale of two elected bodies

Yesterday could be seen as a microcosm of what’s going on in Jefferson County right now. The Birmingham City Council was able to listen to Mayor Langford present the State of the City address (complete with stern remarks towards the council and others) and then vote against using a portion of the former Social Security headquarters to house the city’s police department. Meanwhile the Jefferson County Commission proceeded to approve spending $237,500 for a lobbyist to Washington, DC to help “fix” the sewer crisis. Their vote allows for the contract to be renewed every 90 days. Quite a contrast…

JeffCo county manager issues moves to forefront

One issue that appears to be high on the priority list for Jefferson County delegation of the Alabama State Legislature as the new session fast approaches is the installation of a county manager to help deal with, well, you know. Both sides appear to be taking the pulse of the community to see what they think.

There is currently a rally planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 9 a.m. by the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham to show support for the bi-partisan bill being introduced by Rep. Paul DeMarco. This evening (Monday) JeffCo Commissioner Sheila Smoot and Team Seven plan to hold “an important town meeting” to deal with several issues facing the county, including the idea of a county manager, the sewer debt and the recent occupational tax ruling.

Looks like it’s going to be an interesting ride this session.

It’s Commissioner Bell now… well, almost

William Bell is one state Supreme Court ruling away from being the certified as the winner of the February 5 special election to fill the Jefferson County Commission seat that was vacated after the election of Larry Langford as mayor of Birmingham last year. The Birmingham News reports that Circuit Court Judge Scott Vowell has ruled in Bell’s favor. The commissioner-elect has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference in City Hall.

Bishop Woods calls for vote certification

William Bell and SCLC President Bishop Calvin Woods on the Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. side of the Jefferson County Courthouse today as Woods calls for the certification of the Feb. 5 special election for Jefferson County Commission District 1 seat. Andre Natta/The Terminal

This afternoon SCLC president Bishop Calvin Woods, elected officials and concerned citizens stood out in front of the Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd entrance to the Jefferson County Courthouse to ask that the election results from the February 5 special election for the Jefferson County Commission District 1 seat be certified. During his remarks, Bishop Woods suggested that the people who filed the motion to hold another election did not in fact live in District 1 but in District 4. There were other comments made, but you probably want to hear them for yourself (13:43):


William Bell to address county financial crisis

If you’ve got some time in about 10 minutes, Birmingham city councilor William Bell will be holding a news conference on the Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. side of the Jefferson County Courthouse downtown to “discuss the current financial state of the Jefferson County Commission as well as the current status of the unseated and disputed District 1 Jefferson County Commission Election.”

SCLC President Bishop Calvin Woods will be joining Bell, who won the special election called to fill the vacancy left by the election of former Jefferson County Commissioner Larry Langford as mayor of the city of Birmingham.