Incumbent Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin raised $1,003,783 in his first month of campaigning, a record for city elections both in terms of the amount raised and the number of contributors, according to a press release from Woodfin’s campaign Wednesday.
“We are humbled and grateful that so far more than 2,000 people have supported our campaign financially,” Woodfin said. “This is a sign that people are seeing the results of our efforts to change the culture at City Hall to put people first and to invest in all 99 neighborhoods. While there is still much work to be done, people recognize that progress is taking place even in the face of challenges the likes of which our city has never seen before.”
Contributors include The Collective PAC, state Rep. Rolanda Hollis, D-Birmingham, and Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson. Both Hollis and Tyson spoke during the mayor’s campaign announcement last week.
“Mayor Woodfin has put in the time to build relationships and partnerships with our other elected officials,” Hollis said. “For the first time in my experience, we are all working together in the same direction. That has resulted in job growth, increased funding for our schools, the removal of blight across our city, record investment in new facilities and new jobs, and so much more. The sky is the limit of what we can do over the next four years with Mayor Woodfin at the helm.”
In the time since his official campaign kickoff, Woodfin’s predecessor, former Mayor William Bell, has filed paperwork to run for office in Birmingham, according to AL.com. Bell has yet to formally announce his candidacy for mayor but said he plans to do so Feb. 26. Bell was unseated by Woodfin in 2017.