By Barnett Wright
The Birmingham Times
Incumbent Birmingham Mayor William Bell will face 11 challengers in the Aug. 22 city elections. Bell and nearly a dozen other hopefuls for mayor were among a total of 87 candidates who qualified by the 5 p.m. Friday, July 7, deadline to run for mayor, city council and school board in one of the most crowded fields in recent memory.
Along with 12 candidates for mayor, there are 43 for Birmingham City Council and 32 for Birmingham school board.
In the city council races, Kim Rafferty in District 2 faces the most challengers (seven) while Lashunda Scales in District 1 is the only incumbent with one challenger, Sherman Collins, who is not running for re-election on the school board.
Incumbents Scales, Rafferty, Valerie Abbott (District 3), William Parker (District 4), Council President Johnathan Austin (District 5), Sheila Tyson (District 6), Steven Hoyt (District 7) and Jay Roberson (District 8) are all running for re-election.
Marcus Lundy (District 9) is not running for a second term but eight candidates have qualified for the seat including former Birmingham City Council president Roderick Royal.
On the school board, a majority of members will not run again.
Collins, Brian Giattina, Lyord Watson, Randall Woodfin and April Williams will not seek re-election. Collins is running for the District 1 seat on the City Council and Woodfin is running for mayor.
Runoff elections will be held October 4, 2017. Elected officials began their terms of office on October 24.
Here are candidates for mayor, city council and school board.
William Bell Sr. (I)
Ervin Hill II
Brother Sims (Pastor Fernandez Sims)
Lashunda Scales (I)
Stephen L. Murphy
Kimberly Rafferty (I)
Valerie Abbott (I)
William Parker (I)
Johnathan Austin (I)
Shelia Tyson (I)
James (Jay) Roberson (I)
Steven Hoyt (I)
James Williams Jr.
Board of Education
Daagye Hendricks (I)
Cheri Gardner (I)
Wardine Alexander (I)
Donald Tyrone Silmon
Sandra Brown (I)
Source: Birmingham City Clerk’s office. I – Incumbent.