Birmingham City Councilman Jay Roberson resigned from his position last month in order to move in support of his wife’s career aspirations. Roberson’s term had yet to expire, leaving a vacancy on the council that needs to be filled.
The deadline to apply to fill the vacant City Council seat for District 7 was Tuesday at 5 p.m. 13 people applied for the position:
- Gwendolyn Calhoun: president of Hillman Neighborhood Association
- Gibril H. Davies Jr.
- Wardine Alexander: former Birmingham Board of Education president
- Marcus King
- Charles Crockrom Sr.: former assistant to former Mayor Richard Arrington; member of Birmingham Racing Commission
- Gertrudis A. Hunter: former candidate for Birmingham mayor
- Robert H. Young
- Lonnie Malone: former city council candidate
- Raymond Brooks: former Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service chief
- Walter Wilson: former city council candidate
- Theodore Smith: Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority board member
- Jameania Ravizee
- Jeffrey Rowser: former city council candidate
According to the Mayor Council Act, “Vacancies in the council shall be filled by the council at the next regular meeting or any subsequent meeting of the council, the person so elected to hold office only until the next election of any kind in which the voters of the city to which this Act applies are qualified electors, at which time said unexpired terms shall be filled by said electors in accordance with all provisions of law applicable to such city; in any event, the person elected shall hold office until his successor is elected and qualified.”
Interviews with the applicants have yet to be scheduled.