By Erica Wright
The Birmingham Times
Thirteen candidates have qualified to run in the Oct. 8 special election for three Birmingham City Council seats filled through appointments following vacancies late last year and early January.
The special election is needed to fill the seats on a permanent basis.
The council appointed Wardine Alexander to the District 7 seat in October 2018 following the resignation of Jay Roberson, who left the council after moving to Alabaster.
In early January, Clinton Woods was appointed to the District 1 seat formerly held by current Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales while Crystal Smitherman was appointed to the District 6 seat previously held by Commissioner Sheila Tyson.
Voters will also get a chance Oct. 8 to renew ad valorem taxes for Birmingham City Schools. These are not new taxes, but a renewal of taxes currently earmarked for the schools.
Here are the candidates for the special election:
Sherman Collins Jr.
Haki Jamaal Muhammad
Clinton Woods (incumbent)
Crystal Smitherman (incumbent)
Wardine Alexander (incumbent)