Birmingham City Council, District 5
Name: Darrell O’Quinn
Political experience: None
Professional experience: Senior Clinical Veterinarian Animal Resources Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham, currently; executive director, Move I-20/59, Inc.; research associate, UAB School of Medicine, Department of Pathology
Civic experience: President, City of Birmingham Citizens’ Advisory Board; president, Crestwood North Neighborhood Association; member, City of Birmingham Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee; member, City of Birmingham Bicentennial Committee; member, City of Birmingham Gentrification Task Force; member, UAB/BBA Innovate Birmingham Community Engagement Work Group; member, UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science-One Great Community Council; board of directors, Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission; board of directors, Deep South Cancer Foundation; co-founder, Heart to Table: A Feeding Project for the Boutwell Auditorium Winter Warming Station; member, City of Birmingham Safer People, Safer Streets/Bicycling Friendly Community Task Force
Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, doctor of philosophy, pathology, 2000-2005; LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, doctor of veterinary medicine, 1996-2000; Louisiana State University, bachelor’s in zoology, 1990-1995.
Top contributors: Chris Seagle, $2,556 in-kind contribution; Community Development, LLC, $1,000; Charles Saab, $800; Temple W. Tutwiler III in care of Tutwiler Investment Co., $500; Twentieth Street Realty in care of Tutwiler Investment Co., $500.
Main issues: If elected, O’Quinn will focus on the lack of transparency at City Hall, providing greater support for addressing blight and supporting small business in neighborhoods, providing more transportation options for those who cannot afford cars, and improving educational opportunities outside of school hours.