Woodfin Wins. Birmingham Voters Deny Bell Another Term

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Birmingham voters on Tuesday elected Randall Woodfin the city’s new mayor. Woodfin took 59 percent of the vote to incumbent Mayor William Bell’s 41 percent, according to unofficial results. The two candidates took different approaches as they vied for the mayor’s seat in the weeks after the August municipal election. That race resulted in a runoff. Bell touted his experience while Woodfin, 36, promoted change.

Our Revolution, a group that emerged from the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to support progressive leaders, invested heavily in Woodfin’s campaign. The group sent more than 11,000 get-out-the-vote text messages and made hundreds of phone calls to Woodfin’s would-be constituents.

The group’s president, Nina Turner, said in a statement she expects Woodfin to be committed to enacting a progressive agenda serving the needs of all the city’s residents, echoing a campaign promise of Woodfin’s. Disparities around the city when it came to crime and revitalization were a common theme during the campaign.

Bell didn’t immediately concede the election Tuesday night, but eventually he said Birmingham residents spoke at the ballot box. The 68-year-old has been mayor since 2009.  Though he won more boxes than Woodfin in the August 22 election, Bell won far fewer during the runoff, including his home precinct of Legion Field.

Woodfin is set to begin his term November 28.

 

Other Election Results:

City Council 

Birmingham City Council Johnathan Austin lost his seat to challenger Darrell O’Quinn in the District 5 race. Quinn trailed Austin at first, but came out ahead later with almost 52 percent of the vote.

In District 2, Kim Rafferty lost her seat to Hunter Williams, who took 71 percent of the vote.

In Distrcit 9, John Hilliard narrowly beat Roderick Royal — 50.58 to 49.42.

 

Board of Education 

District 1

Douglas Lee Ragland  – 51.7 percent

Cedric Small – 48.3 percent

 

District 4

Daagye Hendricks – 51.2 percent

Edward Maddox – 48.8 percent

 

District 5

David McKinney – 43.4 percent

Michael Millsap – 56.6 percent

 

District 7

Patricia Spigner McAdory – 60 percent

Walter Wilson – 40 percent

 

District 8

Patricia Bozeman-Henderson – 36.3 percent

Sonja Q. Smith – 63.7 percent

 

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