One Birmingham City Council Seat Goes to a Runoff; Two Incumbents Returned to the Council

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Wardine Alexander (left) will face off against Ray Brooks (right) on Nov. 19 in a runoff for the council District 7 seat.

By Robert Carter and Solomon Crenshaw Jr.

One Birmingham City Council seat will be up for a runoff after none of the candidates won more than 50 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s balloting.

Wardine Towers Alexander will face Ray Brooks on Nov. 19 in a runoff for the council District 7 seat. Alexander won 42.41% of the vote to challenger Ray Brooks’ 30.88%.

Two other races were decided Tuesday. Crystal Smitherman will return as council District 6 councilor, having garnered 51.50% of the vote in a seven-candidate field. In the District 1 race, Clinton Woods will return to the council, with 71.27% of the vote in his district.

The three propositions to renew separate ad valorem taxes all passed by wide margins, with those voting yes in each race amounting to about 90%.

Reporting of full results was delayed until Wednesday because of an error in the handling of electronic machine memory cards at three different precincts.

The cards from the Martha Gaskins School, Robinson Elementary School and Five Points West precincts were sealed inside boxes that contained the paper ballots filled out by voters. Officials with the Birmingham City Clerk’s office had to get a court order Wednesday morning to allow them to open the box and add those votes to the total.

With almost 99 percent of the vote counted, here are vote totals and percentages.

City Council D1

Sherman Collins Jr.                      670         27.07

Haki Jamaal Muhammad             41           1.66

Clinton Woods                            1,764     71.27

City Council D6

Willine Body                                  50           2.00

Carlos Chaverst                            349         13.99

LaTanya Millhouse                       265         10.60

Clarence Muhammad                  127         5.08

Crystal Smitherman                    1,287     51.50

Keith O. Williams                           41         1.64

Onoyemi “Oni” Williams               380            15.21

City Council D7

Wardine Towers Alexander        1,159      42.41

Ray Brooks                                    844         30.88

Lonnie Franklin Malone               730         26.71

School Taxes

Proposition 1

Yes 14,144                        90.02

No 1,568                            9.98

Proposition 2

Yes 14,127                        90.03

No 1,564                            9.97

Proposition 3

Yes 13,992                         89.19

No 1,696                            10.81

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