Birmingham City Council District 2
Name: Kimberly D. Jeanty
Residence: East Lake
Political experience: First run for public office; served as a neighborhood liaison to Councilor Kim Rafferty’s office, 2009-2011.
Professional experience: Currently a program director for Community Kitchens of Birmingham; past interim executive director of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, 2013.
Civic experience: President of the South East Lake Neighborhood Association, 2014- 2016. Elected president of the East Lake Merchants Group, 2015; member, board of the East Lake Arts District, 2012; member, East Lake United Methodist Church.
Top Contributors: Bob Dickerson, Dickerson Management, $500; Frank S. Jones, $500; Jory Journey, $400; Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc., $250; Seasons Sports Bar Grill, $250.
Main issues: Jeanty advocates pay and benefit increases and improved working conditions for the city’s public safety personnel. Also, she supports funding for comprehensive infrastructure improvement and repair and increased efforts to demolish blighted properties in the city. She told the website BirminghamNow.com that the past eight years have been a period of “missed opportunities” in the district, especially in underserved neighborhoods.
She is community revitalization advocate, specifically for green, walkable communities. Jeanty has also pledged to work to change the culture at City Hall to “ensure smarter appropriation, avocation and legislation” for the city.