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Randall Woodfin to announce mayoral re-election bid this week

Woodfin will launch his campaign for re-election at a drive-in campaign kickoff event on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks during a livestreamed press conference.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks during a livestreamed press conference.

Incumbent Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will launch his campaign for re-election at a drive-in campaign kickoff event on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, according to his campaign.

Woodfin initially confirmed his re-election bid in a press conference Jan. 21, mentioning his initiations to work closer with the Biden-Harris White House.

“I’ve been the mayor for three years now. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of the city of Birmingham as mayor of Birmingham. There is much work to continue to be done,” Woodfin said. “As mayor, I look forward to an actual partnership with the [Biden] administration. There are many people I know who serve in cabinet positions in the actual White House. It’s actually a positive for our city, as well as our citizens, to be in a position to have genuine relationships with people who work in the White House.”

Jefferson County Commissioner and previous Birmingham City Councilwoman Lashunda Scales and businessmen Chris Woods have already launched campaigns challenging Woodfin’s re-election.

“Tragically, Birmingham is where it is today because we have failed to invest in our communities, failed to educate our children and failed to protect our citizens while we’ve been giving away the city’s assets,” Woods said in his Wednesday campaign announcement. “This is because we’ve had a lack of leadership, vision and purpose.”

Woodfin’s campaign kick-off event will be in the lower parking lot of Birmingham’s George Ward Park in the Glenn Iris neighborhood at 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but the mayor’s office is encouraging members of the public to RSVP on the campaign’s website before coming.

The event opens at 11 a.m. A mask mandate and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. 

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John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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