2017 Birmingham City Elections

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper Steps Down

After weeks of speculation, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper is stepping down. Mayor Randall Woodfin’s office released a statement from the chief today confirming that Roper did not reapply for his position in the new mayor’s administration.

Birmingham’s Millennial Mayor Moves to a Different Beat

One week from today, Randall Woodfin takes office as Birmingham’s 30th mayor. His rise to the big office on third floor of City Hall is a move Woodfin has calculated for years, even though he’s just 36.

Woodfin Shocked the Old Guard. Now What?

In about three weeks, Randall Woodfin takes office as Birmingham’s next mayor. Woodfin worked for years as an attorney at City Hall. During his year-long campaign for mayor, Woodfin shined a light on the city’s problems and sold most Birmingham voters on his ability to fix them. Recently he spoke with WBHM’s Sherrel Wheeler Stewart about what’s next and how he won.

New Birmingham Council Pledges To Work Together

Birmingham has a new city council – six returning members and three new ones. They took office this morning, pledging to do things differently --– mainly working with the new mayor and working together.

Voters Hope Woodfin Fulfills Promises For Better Birmingham

Randall Woodfin takes over as mayor of Birmingham on Nov. 28. He overwhelmingly beat incumbent Mayor William Bell in this month’s runoff. On the campaign trail, the 36-year-old Woodfin promised a better Birmingham. Now residents say they expect him to deliver on those promises.

Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin Announces Transition Leaders, Inauguration Date

Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin began his transition into office today with a press conference at Vulcan, echoing some of the same themes from his campaign.

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Birmingham Mayor, Council To Start Terms On Different Dates

Birmingham’s mayor and council were elected at the same time, but they will not take office the same day because of state law.

Woodfin Wins. Birmingham Voters Deny Bell Another Term

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 […]

Birmingham Voters Fill Seats for Mayor, City Council, School Board Today

Birmingham voters will elect a mayor, city council and school board members in a municipal runoff today. Mayor William Bell faces a challenge from city attorney Randall Woodfin for the mayor’s seat. Three Birmingham City Council seats are up for grabs in districts 2, 5, and 9. And five Birmingham Board of Education slots will be […]

In Tuesday’s Mayoral Runoff, Bell Touts Experience, Woodfin Pushes Change

There’s a runoff election in Birmingham Tuesday. A few school board seats and city council places are on the line. And there’s the big race for mayor – a runoff between incumbent William Bell and Randall Woodfin, an assistant city attorney.

Dueling Endorsements for Mayor Among Birmingham Police

Talk about choosing sides -- Birmingham police are split on who they support for mayor in the upcoming runoff election on Oct. 3.

Selfies and Handshakes and Smiles, Oh My! Birmingham Mayor’s Race Heats Up

The Birmingham city election runoff is less than two weeks away, and in the mayor’s race, almost any street, coffee shop, boutique or park can turn into a battleground for votes.

Preview of the Birmingham Mayor’s Race: The Woodfin-Bell Divide

The results are in for the Birmingham Municipal Election. But while these numbers don’t lie, they do leave lots of questions

The Breakdown: How Woodfin and Bell Fared Around the City

If you want to know how 36-year-old former school board President Randall Woodfin captured the largest percentage of votes in his bid to win out over incumbent Mayor William Bell, just look at the numbers.

Your Birmingham Election Roundup

WBHM’s city government reporter Sherrel Wheeler Stewart offers an overview of Tuesday's municipal elections in Birmingham.

Low Voter Turnout So Far at Some Birmingham Polls

Turnout appears low at several Birmingham polling places as voters go to the polls to elect a mayor, city council and school board.

Has Your Birmingham Polling Place Changed?

Polls open for voting in Birmingham at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, as Birmingham voters cast their ballots for mayor, city council and school board.

Trudy Hunter Wants To Tackle Education, Poverty

For Trudy Hunter, a law school grad and a social worker from southwest Birmingham, this run for the city’s top job has been 10 years in the making. She says she wrestled with God about whether to step out on faith and run.

Patricia Bell Wants a Better City For Future Generations

Patricia Bell, no relation to William Bell, has run for mayor several times. But she isn’t discouraged. She's one of 12 candidates vying for the office in Tuesday's election. The community activist and marketer says the city still needs good leadership.

Bell Calls Birmingham’s Revitalizing Neighborhoods the Next Challenge

Birmingham Mayor William Bell has been a Xerox marketer and a probation officer, but since 1979, he’s been somewhere in local government. Voters will decide Tuesday during municipal elections whether he'll continue to serve in his position. After almost eight years as mayor, Bell tells WBHM’s Sherrel Stewart he wants to do it again.

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2017 Birmingham Mayoral Debate

WBHM and the Birmingham Business Journal partnered to present the 2017 Birmingham Mayoral Debate. We hear from the top three candidates in Birmingham's race for mayor as determined by public polling: incumbent Mayor William Bell, and challengers Chris Woods, and Randall Woodfin.

Birmingham Council District 5: A Tale Of Two Cities

Seven people are vying for the District 5 seat on the Birmingham City Council in the August 22 elections. That’s the area representing most of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods from Crestwood to Smithfield. Managing this district won’t be easy. Some parts stand out as hip places to be in Birmingham, while others languish in extreme poverty and blight.

What Birmingham Businesses Want From City Leaders

Birmingham business leaders weigh in on what they expect from city leadership. Birmingham's municipal elections will be August 22.

Philemon Hill: Birmingham Needs Economic Development and Strong Schools

Philemon Hill is a sports marketer. He’s promoted sporting events from baseball to golf around the Southeast. But he’s also become a fixture at Birmingham City Council and School Board meetings. Now, he’d like to make the leap from gadfly to mayor.

Bell, Woods, and Woodfin Top Poll and Fundraising in Birmingham Mayor’s Race

A WBRC Fox 6 News poll in the Birmingham mayor’s race shows incumbent William Bell, building contractor Chris Woods and Birmingham school board member Randall Woodfin leading the race as the Aug. 22 election approaches. Those same three candidates are leading in fundraising, according to a WBHM analysis.

From Poverty to Potholes, Frank Matthews Wants to Fix the City

Frank Matthews has been a preacher, a media consultant and co-director of the Mayor's Office of Citizens' Assistance. Now, the he wants to become mayor of Birmingham .

Fernandez Sims Says Birmingham Needs A Servant Leader

Brother Fernandez Sims is a Birmingham minister. From his time in the pulpit and counseling people in the community, he says he sees the needs of Birmingham residents. He says he wants to be mayor to address those some of those needs.

Crowded Field of Eight Battle For District 2 Council Seat

There’s only one seat for the Birmingham City Council in District 2, and eight people want it – including the incumbent. The district, which includes the east Birmingham communities of East Lake, Roebuck Springs, Liberty Highlands, Crestwood South, Huffman and several others, has attracted a combination of young professionals and community leaders.

Crime, Education, Jobs Among Top Issues For Birmingham Voters

Many of those running for office in Birmingham, whether for mayor or city council or school board, have their own ideas on how to improve life in the city. But ask some of the city’s 212,000 residents what keeps them up at night, and you’ll hear the same concerns come up over and over again: jobs, education, and crime.

Randall Woodfin Wants to Revitalize Birmingham Communities

Birmingham lawyer Randall Woodfin grew up in different parts of Birmingham. The 36-year-old is now running for mayor. He says he’s connected to communities from North Birmingham to Southtown. And if elected, he says he would revitalize those neighborhoods outside of downtown.

Birmingham Races Draw Crowds; A Dozen Candidates in Mayor’s Race

No one gets a free pass into office this year in Birmingham. The 19 races on the ballot for the upcoming City Elections are all contested. The largest number of candidates want the job as mayor.

Chris Woods Makes Second Run For Mayor of Birmingham

He is a child of the civil rights movement and came of age as his father and uncle battled racial injustice. But Woods, now running to unseat Birmingham Mayor William Bell, has had different struggles that have shaped his own vision for the city. Woods sat down with our Sherrel Wheeler Stewart.