Councilman Johnathan Austin

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The newest member of the Birmingham City Council is young, just 29, and a newcomer to politics. He says he’s eager to bring positive change to the city. But in his first few weeks on the council, Johnathan Austin has faced a number of questions — most notably questions surrounding a 2003 guilty plea for a misdemeanor marijuana charge. That fact didn’t emerge until after Austin was appointed to the council. He says the council never asked him about it, but WBHM’s Andrew Yeager asked Austin why he didn’t volunteer the information.



Andrew Yeager