Birmingham Waterworks Board chairwoman indicted

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Chairman of the Birmingham Water Works Board Sherry Lewis was indicted Wednesday for violating Alabama’s ethics laws.

Along with Lewis, the state and FBI also arrested a former vice president at Arcadis – the company formerly known as Malcolm Pirnie – Jerry Jones, and Mount Vernon Mayor Terry Williams, the owner of Global Solutions International, Inc., on felony state ethics charges. Jones was the vice president of engineering company, Arcadis. He managed the company’s multimillion dollar business with Birmingham Water Works.

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Frank Matthews urges Black voters to write in Robert Kennedy for US Senate

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Recent Birmingham Mayoral candidate, civil rights activist, anti-Confederate monuments community organizer, and longtime Birmingham area radio personality Frank Matthews is urging Black voters not to vote for Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones; but to instead write in Democratic Primary candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday.

Kennedy is a former U.S. Navy Commander who graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was elected as class president, and has a Master’s degree from Duke.  Kennedy performed well in early polls of the Democratic Primary.  This was attributed to his famous sounding name.

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Woodfin inaugurated in Birmingham

November 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin was inaugurated as the 30th mayor of Birmingham in a noon ceremony in Linn Park on Tuesday

“It is an honor to serve my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama,“ said Woodfin. “Truthfully, this is not my inauguration, it is our inauguration. I, along with the entire City Council, understand the importance of serving you.” Woodfin thanked the hundreds of volunteers, his four thousand donors and the grassroots movement that made all of this possible.

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Randall Woodfin will be sworn in as mayor today

November 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin will be sworn in as Mayor in Linn Park.

“We want to instill a renewed belief in public service to our city” Woodfin said.  “That goes beyond city hall.  It means each of us supporting our neighbors, friends, family members and those who simply need a helping hand.  We want this to be a time when our citizens can come together and celebrate this special time but also work together as a community.”

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Randall Woodfin to be inaugurated as Mayor of Birmingham on Tuesday

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin will be inaugurated.  All events are designed to honor the citizens and will be open to the public.

“Inauguration day is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by many, many people across our city who joined together to win this important election,” Woodfin said. “Whether they knocked on doors, made phone calls or just went out to vote, they made a difference in the outcome of the election, and now it is up to us to honor their support with an administration that is focused on improving all of our neighborhoods, education system, public safety and other issues important to our great city.”

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Bernie Sanders, Randall Woodfin may aid Doug Jones in Senate campaign

October 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 17, The New York Times reported that “national leaders, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders, have appealed to Mr. Woodfin to deploy his field organization to help Mr. Jones in the Special Election for the Senate.”

Randall Woodfin is the 36-year-old mayor-elect of Birmingham. Woodfin told the reporters, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, that African-Americans are “looking for people to fight for their issues.”

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Randall Woodfin beats incumbent Mayor William Bell in Birmingham mayoral runoff

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Randall Woodfin defeated incumbent William Bell on Tuesday in Birmingham’s mayoral runoff.

As of 6:45 a.m., Mayor William Bell had just 17,353 votes (41 percent) while challenger Randall Woodfin had 24,910 votes (58 percent).

While Bell’s re-election effort was seen by many as being the more old guard traditional Birmingham campaign, relying more on endorsements and campaigning at churches, Randall Woodfin was seen as the more “progressive” of the two candidates, relying more on appealing to liberal activist groups.

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Change may be coming to Birmingham

August 24, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

As one who has covered Birmingham City Council meetings from time to time, I can attest they can be raucous affairs.

Even when Birmingham is moving steadily forward, as it has for the past few years, the mayor and City Council are known to fight each other, sometimes literally.

Often in Birmingham, it’s like we have 10 mayors – THE mayor, the one elected at large by voters in the city, and then nine City Council members — little mayors, so to speak, of their individual districts.

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Woodfin and Bell in runoff for Birmingham Mayoral race

August 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Birmingham voters went to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Over 60 percent of the mayoral voters voted for change.  Incumbent Mayor William Bell (D) was in second place receiving just 37 percent of the votes cast, as of press time.  Anthony Woodfin received 41 percent of the votes cast.

Chris Woods finished third with 18 percent of the vote.  The always outspoken Frank Mathews finished in a distant fourth place with just one percent of the vote.
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Birmingham holds city council, mayor, school board elections Tuesday

August 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, residents of Birmingham go to the polls today to elect their Mayor, City Council, and school board members.  Unlike the state, county, or judicial elections, municipal elections are nonpartisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council for several terms and was the Mayor Pro Tem in 1999.  He then assumed the role of Mayor when longtime incumbent Richard Arrington retired.  Bell, however, was defeated by City Councilman Bernard Kincaid.  Bell returned to the City Council and was, elected Mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2013.

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