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Randall Woodfin won the Mayoral runoff Tuesday evening.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor.

Wallace Golding

Birmingham has a new mayor, and his name is Randall Woodfin. He defeated incumbent William A. Bell in Tuesday’s runoff election by nearly 20 percent.

Woodfin’s rise to the mayorship was characterized by a contemptuous campaign against 7-year incumbent William A. Bell, especially in the weeks following the Aug. 22 municipal election, where Woodfin pulled 40.84 percent of the vote compared to Bell’s 36.55 percent.

Woodfin, 36, will become the youngest mayor Birmingham has seen since the 1890s, and it was his youthful enthusiasm that many found so appealing.

With a focus on revitalizing all of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods, Woodfin was a long time critic of Bell’s apparent neglect of many of Birmingham’s citizens. Though this was not the only portion of Woodfin’s platform. He also preached solutions to Birmingham’s crime and education crises, adopting a grassroots approach throughout his campaign.

Notorious for his community outreach, Woodfin knocked on “tens of thousands of doors” to garner support for his cause, promising a new Birmingham under his administration.

At time of publication, 98 percent of Birmingham’s 71 voting precincts had reported, granting Woodfin 24,910 votes (59 percent) to Bell’s 17,353 (41 percent). Woodfin will take office Nov. 28, 2017 as the 29th mayor of Birmingham.

Neither Woodfin nor Bell were available for comment prior to publication. Stay tuned as this story develops further.

Wallace Golding can be reached at wgoldin@uab.edu.

Randall Woodfin defeats incumbent William Bell

Randall

Randall Woodfin won the Mayoral runoff Tuesday evening.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor.

Wallace Golding

Birmingham has a new mayor, and his name is Randall Woodfin. He defeated incumbent William A. Bell in Tuesday’s runoff election by nearly 20 percent.

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