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Uncontested, Safe and Shocking: Municipal races across the state

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Yesterday, voters in Mobile, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham
headed to the polls to cast ballots in their municipal elections for
mayor, city council and board of education.

The three mayors races ranged from uncontested to safe to shocking.

In Tuscaloosa, incumbent Mayor Walt Maddox headed unopposed into his third term.

In Birmingham, incumbent Mayor William Bell, who was heavily favored
in the five-candidate race, was declared the winner with 74 percent of
the vote.

In Mobile, however, incumbent Mayor Sam Jones wasn’t as fortunate.
Challenger Sandy Stimpson won the race by more than 4,000 votes, with
28,934 to Jones’s 24,582. Jones called Stimpson to concede at
approximately 8:00 p.m.

Several of the municipal elections around the state will head into an
October 8 runoff. The municipal results are below:

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BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL:
District 1: Incumbent Lashunda Scales defeats two challengers, Pat
Davis and Keith Rice, with 63.7 percent of the vote.
District 2: Incumbent Kim Rafferty defeated a pool of five challengers
with 37.4 percent of the vote. She will face challenger Rolanda Hollis,
19.7 percent, in a runoff election.
District 3: Incumbent Valerie Abbott was unopposed for this seat.
District 4: Incumbent Maxine Herring Parker defeated challenger Edward
Maddox with 73.1 percent of the vote.
District 5: Incumbent Jonathan Austin defeated challenger Robert
Walker with 72.7 percent of the vote.
District 6: Sheila Tyson received 60.0 percent of the vote, defeating
six other candidates.
District 7: Incumbent Jay Robertson, Jr. defeated challenger Gary
Bruce Lavender with 62.7 percent of the vote.
District 8: Steven Hoyt beat Gerri Robinson with 61.0 percent of the vote.
District 9: Marcus Lundy beat five other candidates, receiving 29.1
percent of the vote. He will face runner-up Leroy Bandy, who received
24.4 percent of the vote, in a run off election.

BIRMINGHAM BOARD OF EDUCATION:
District 1: Shermann Collins defeated incumbent Tyrone Belcher, Sr.
with 30.3 percent of the vote. Collins will face Douglas Lee Ragland,
runner-up with 26.9 percent of the vote, in a run off.
District 2: Lyord Watson defeated incumbent Virginia Volker with 61.9
percent of the vote.
District 3: Incumbent Brian Giattina was unopposed for this seat.
District 4: Gwen Sykes won received 41.6 percent of the vote. She will
face Daagye Hendricke, who received 39.6 percent of the vote, in a
run-off election.
District 5: Randall Woodfin won against Martha Casey McDowell with
70.4 percent of the vote.
District 6: Cheri Gardner defeated four other candidates with 35.2
percent of the votes. She will face runner-up Gwendolyn Thomas Bell,
who received 25.7 percent of the vote, in a run off election.
District 7: Incumbent Wardine Alexander defeated Lawrence Jackson and
Darius Moore with 55.2 percent of the vote.
District 8: Incumbent April Myers Williams defeated Patricia
Bozeman-Henderson and Antwon B. Womack with 53.1 percent of the vote.
District 9: Sandra Brown defeated Emanuel Ford with 70.4 percent of the vote.


TUSCALOOSA CITY COUNCIL

District 1: Burrell G. Odom will face incumbent Bobby Earl Howard in a
run off election. Odom received 36.9 percent of the vote, and Howard
received 32.9 percent.
District 2: Incumbent Harrison “Mailman” Taylor was uncontested for this seat.
District 3: Incumbent Cynthia Lee Almond was uncontested for this seat.
District 4: Matt Calderone was uncontested for this seat.
District 5: Incumbent Kip Tyner was uncontested for this seat.
District 6: Incumbent Bob Lundell will face Eddie Pugh in a run off
election. Pugh received 44.9 percent of the vote, defeating Lundell
with 40.7 percent.
District 7: Sonya McKinstry defeated incumbent William Tinker with
55.2 percent of the vote.

TUSCALOOSA BOARD OF EDUCATION:
CHAIR: Lee Garrison defeated Denise Hills by 203 votes.
District 1: Incumbent James Minyard won with 69.7 percent of the vote.
District 2: Incumbent Earnestine Tucker was uncontested for this seat.
District 3: Norman Crow was uncontested for this seat.
District 4: Cason Kirby defeated incumbent Kelly Horowitz with 55.0
percent of the vote.
District 5: Incumbent Harry Lee defeated challenger Joe Gattozzi with
63.5 percent of the vote.
District 6: Incumbent Marvin Lucas defeated challenger John Lollar
with 51.9 percent of the vote.
District 7: Incumbent Erskine Simmons defeated challenger Renwick
Jones with 64.1 percent of the vote.

MOBILE CITY COUNCIL
District 2: Levon Manzie, who won almost 40 percent of the vote, will
face Greg Vaughan in a run off election. Vaughan received 26.4 percent
of the vote.
District 3: CJ Small defeated challenger Kimberly Evans with 75
percent of the vote.
District 4: Incumbent John Williams defeated three challengers and won
59 percent of the vote.

Run off elections will be held October 8 in Birmingham, Mobile and Tuscaloosa.

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