2017 Birmingham Mayoral Debate

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Michael Krall

WBHM and the Birmingham Business Journal partnered to present the 2017 Birmingham Mayoral Debate. We hear from the top three candidates in Birmingham’s race for mayor as determined by public polling: incumbent Mayor William Bell, and challengers Chris Woods and Randall Woodfin.

The program was recorded at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham in front of a live audience. The debate begins with opening statements.

Gigi Douban

News Director



Bell Calls Birmingham’s Revitalizing Neighborhoods the Next Challenge
08-17-2017

Birmingham Mayor William Bell has been a Xerox marketer and a probation officer, but since 1979, he’s been somewhere in local government. Voters will decide Tuesday during municipal elections whether he’ll continue to serve in his position. After almost eight years as mayor, Bell tells WBHM’s Sherrel Stewart he wants to do it again.

Birmingham Council District 5: A Tale Of Two Cities
08-9-2017

Seven people are vying for the District 5 seat on the Birmingham City Council in the August 22 elections. That’s the area representing most of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods from Crestwood to Smithfield. Managing this district won’t be easy. Some parts stand out as hip places to be in Birmingham, while others languish in extreme poverty and blight.

What Birmingham Businesses Want From City Leaders
08-7-2017

Birmingham business leaders weigh in on what they expect from city leadership. Birmingham’s municipal elections will be August 22.

Philemon Hill: Birmingham Needs Economic Development and Strong Schools
08-2-2017

Philemon Hill is a sports marketer. He’s promoted sporting events from baseball to golf around the Southeast. But he’s also become a fixture at Birmingham City Council and School Board meetings. Now, he’d like to make the leap from gadfly to mayor.

Bell, Woods, and Woodfin Top Poll and Fundraising in Birmingham Mayor’s Race
08-2-2017

A WBRC Fox 6 News poll in the Birmingham mayor’s race shows incumbent William Bell, building contractor Chris Woods and Birmingham school board member Randall Woodfin leading the race as the Aug. 22 election approaches. Those same three candidates are leading in fundraising, according to a WBHM analysis.