Birmingham City Council, District 7
Name: James “Jay” Roberson Jr.
Residence: Oxmoor Valley
Political experience: Running for re-election to Birmingham City Council; president pro-tempore and member of the Birmingham City Council, 2013-2017; appointed to the Birmingham City Council, 2009-2013; registered lobbyist, 2013-2014; member of Alabama League of Municipalities; member of Economic Development Committee; member of National League of Municipalities; member of Birmingham/Jefferson Civic Complex board of directors.
Professional experience: President at Top Ten Management, LLC, 2003-2017; director of governmental affairs at Birmingham Realtors Association, 2013-2014; associate athletics director at Samford University, 2005-2013; associate commissioner at Southwestern Athletic Conference, 2002-2005; event director at Bruno Event Team/Alabama Sports Foundation,1999-2002; vice president at Ramsay Sports Company, 1998-1999; teacher/coach at Homewood High School, 1996-1998.
Civic experience: Board member for Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau; board member at A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club; member of National Association of Collegiate Directors’ of Athletics; member of Downtown Birmingham Kiwanis Club; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; board member at American Cancer Society.
Education: Alabama A&M University, bachelor’s in communications, 1996; Middle Tennessee State University, studied business administration, 1991- 1992; Graduated Homewood High School, 1991.
Top contributors: Friends of Jay Walker, $1,000; Volkert Inc., $500; PVA Holding Co, $500; A.C. Wharton Group LLC, $500; George Barber, $500.
Main issues: Roberson’s focus is on economic development. He said he would continue to build on the $150 million of development and job creation that occurred during his eight-year tenure as council member. He plans to recruit more grocery stores and other businesses to District 7. Efforts for the district will also include investment in youth, education, athletics and vocational programs to provide exposure and opportunities to young people of the district.