Two members of the Birmingham Board of Education, including President Daagye Hendricks, were defeated in Tuesday’s election, and a third incumbent was forced into a runoff.
In District 1, challenger Sherman Collins Jr. narrowly led incumbent Douglas Lee Ragland in a three-way race, but neither got a majority and they will meet in a runoff on Oct. 5. Each got 43% of the vote, with Collins leading by 13 votes.
Another incumbent who won big was Sonja Q. Smith in District 8. She got 62% of the vote in turning away three challengers.
Walter Wilson was unopposed for the District 7 seat.
The three main issues listed by all 22 candidates were getting Birmingham schools and students over the trauma of COVID, fulfilling the new state literacy law and preparing students for college or career training.