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President Biden endorses Woodfin

Woodfin faces a host of challengers. The municipal election is set for Tuesday, Aug. 24.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, with Pastor Thomas Beavers of The Star Church in Birmingham and Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith.

President Joe Biden on Thursday endorsed Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for re-election.

“Mayor Woodfin is one of the great young leaders of our country,” Biden said in a statement. “From protecting the health and safety of the people of Birmingham to saving and creating jobs, to providing tuition-free higher education and fighting for voting rights, he sets the bar for making sure government works for the people. I am proud to support a mayor who continues a proud civil rights legacy and who will help us build back better and stronger than ever.”

“President Biden is leading our country with the grace, courage and vision needed to heal the soul of our nation and help us build back better after COVID-19,” Woodfin said in a statement. “Among other legislative accomplishments, his Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, American Family Plan, American Rescue Plan, will all provide invaluable support to help Birmingham rebuild and realize my Vision of a fairer, more equitable and inclusive city where everyone can work, live and thrive. I am honored to have his support, and look forward to continuing to work with him to implement policies and legislation that continue the fight to make progress together.”

The Woodfin campaign has raised over $1.7 million from over 5,700 contributions. Woodfin faces former Mayor William Bell, Chris Woods, Ervin Hill II, Lashunda Scales, Napoleon Gonzalez, Cerissa Brown and Darryl Williams.

The Birmingham municipal election will be on Tuesday, Aug. 24. City Council and school board seats are also on the ballot.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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