WBHM Politics: A New Mayor for Birmingham
Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the message Birmingham voters sent in Tuesday’s municipal elections. Next month, 36-year-old Randall Woodfin will replace Mayor William Bell, who has held the office since 2010. Besides the upset, two incumbent city council members lost their seats: Kim Rafferty and council president Johnathan Austin.
Bell’s big selling point was his experience. But is it a bad thing to have someone who hasn’t been around the block at City Hall too often? How big of a learning curve will Woodfin have? And how will Tuesday’s election affect the often fractured relationship between the mayor’s office and council? Host and producer Andrew Yeager takes us through a lively conversation with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald and WBHM local government reporter Sherrel Wheeler Stewart.
Our theme music is “Find Your Way” by Birmingham guitarist Eric Essix.
WBHM Politics is the place for thoughtful conversations about the people, the policies and the issues in and around Birmingham. Join us for special episodes looking at what's at stake in the upcoming Birmingham municipal elections.
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