Voting for Birmingham municipal elections underway

Birmingham City Hall

Birmingham, Ala.’s municipal election is Tuesday with all city-wide elected offices up for grabs.

Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. where voters began to take on the daunting task of choosing from among a whopping 88 candidates for the offices of mayor, city council, and various school board positions.

A crowded field of twelve candidates are running for Birmingham mayor, including: incumbent William Bell, Patricia Bell, Randy Davis, Philemon Hill, Trudy Hunter, Carl JacksonLanny Jackson, Donald Lomax, Frank Matthews, Fernandez Sims, Randall Woodfin and Chris Woods.

All nine seats on the city council and the school board are also up for grabs.

44 candidates are hoping to earn a seat on the city council. Meanwhile, in the school board race, 31 candidates are vying for the nine seats. Five incumbents, Sherman Collins Jr. (running for city council), Brian Giattina, Lyord WatsonApril Williams and Randall Woodfin (running for mayor) are not seeking re-election.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m.

A run-off is scheduled for Tues. Oct. 3 for top contenders who fail to claim a majority — 50 percent plus one, of the votes in their given race.

Newly elected City Councilors take office Tues. Oct. 24.