Birmingham City Council, District 7
Name: Lonnie Malone
Residence: Sand Ridge area of Oxmoor
Political experience: First run for public office.
Professional experience: Has worked in the IT field for the past 20 years, including as VIP support, BBVA Compass Bank, 2010-2011, and data center manager, EDS, 1999-2010.
Civic experience: Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., including several positions on the executive committees; chair of Omega Psi Phi Achievement Week committee; executive director of The Effective Family Inc., which addresses meals for children as well as gun and gang violence.
Education: West Coast Bible College, master of religious education, 2012; Herzing University, bachelors’ degrees in computer information and technical management systems, 2002.
Top contributors: Self, loan, $5,140; Lottie Hawthorne, $100; Katrena Lamply Williams, $100; R&S Auto Sales LLC, $100; LeMonte Green, $100.
Main issues: Malone’s goal is to work with the Board of Education to rebuild and create school programs to improve reading, mathematics and science performance, to support PTA fundraisers and encourage weekly teacher-parent communications. In addressing crime, Malone wants to promote community self-policing efforts and collaboration with law enforcement. He also wants to focus on bringing quality grocery stores, restaurants and retail shopping to the district.