Category: City Council – District 9
Birmingham City Council District 9 Angene Coleman Residence: Westchester neighborhood. Political experience: First time to seek elected office. Professional experience: Drug-prevention specialist coordinator for 22 years, currently at Alcohol and Abuse Treatment Centers Inc.; previous work with the Birmingham Housing Authority. Civic experience: Smithfield Estates vice president, 2010; volunteer youth advisor with NAACP, current. Education:
Birmingham City Council District 9 ERIC HALL Age: 35 Residence: Central Pratt City. Political experience: Intern at Alabama Law Institute, working with Alabama Legislature, 2013; liaison to Birmingham City Council for District 9 council member Marcus Lundy, 2014-2016. Professional: Associate minister at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, current; veteran of U.S. Army, Alabama National Guard, 2000-2009.
Birmingham City Council, District 9 John Hilliard Age: 56 Residence: Smithfield Estates. Political experience: Ran for Alabama Legislature in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010; held the House District 60 seat from 1993-2003. Professional experience: Private business owner, in real estate and bonding. Education: Alabama State University, bachelor’s degree in business administration management; A.H. Parker High School.
Birmingham City Council, District 9 Wendell Major Age: 51 Residence: Dolomite. Political races run: Unsuccessful campaign for Alabama Senate, 2006. Professional experience: Principal, Major Law Group LLC, 2007- present; lieutenant, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, 1989-present; civilian police assistant mentor/adviser supervisor in Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S. State Department, November 2009-November 2010; sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps., 1983-1991. Civic
Birmingham City Council, District 9 Roderick Royal Age: 52 Residence: Westchester neighborhood, Pratt City. Political Experience: Birmingham City Council, 2001-2013; council president, 2009-2013; interim mayor, November 2009-January 2010. Professional experience: Instructor, Miles College, 20 years; outreach counselor with local health clinic; pastor of local congregation; former U.S. Army officer with combat service in the Persian
Birmingham City Council, District 9 David Russell Residence: Smithfield Estates Political experience: Member, Jefferson County and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee; member, Birmingham Water Works committee on rates; volunteer, voter registration drives. Professional experience: Administrative assistant at Alabama State University, 15 years; work in the insurance field. Civic experience: President, Neighborhood Block Watch in Smithfield Estates;
Birmingham City Council, District 9 Reginald Swanson Age: 60 Residence: Pratt City Political experience: First time to seek elected office; appointed to and served as chair of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority. Professional experience: Dentist in private practice, 1981-present; dentist for Jefferson County jail, 2006-2012; developer, owner and operator, Magnolia Terrace Senior-Handicap Housing, 40 units
Birmingham City Council, District 9 James Williams Jr. Age: 47 Residence: South Pratt City Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for the Birmingham City Council, 2012; public relations volunteer, Birmingham mayoral campaign, 2008. Professional experience: On-air radio personality J. Love, WBHK Today’s Kiss, 2000-present; host, Talkback Live 98.7, 2002-2009; on-air personality J. Love, WTUG, 2001-2002; Homeboy’s Restaurant
The office: Birmingham City Council, District 9 The duties: The nine-member council is the legislative arm of Birmingham city government. It enacts legislation, adopts budgets and decides on policies for the city during weekly council meetings. One councilor is elected from each of nine districts to serve a four-year term. District 9 includes north and