Minnie L. Tunstall (D)

District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division

Minnie L. Tunstall

Date of birth: June 30, 1959; age 56

Residence: Bessemer

Political experience: Ran for District Court Judge of 10th Judicial Circuit, Place 19, 2006. Professional experience: Practicing attorney since 1993, including time spent in private practice, as an assistant district attorney in Bessemer area, 2010-2013, and as a staff attorney with Metro Birmingham Legal Services. Civic experience: Pro bono legal work with the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program and with various churches; former mentor with the P.I.N.K. program; worked with Habitat for Humanity through Faith Chapel Christian Center. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1992; bachelor’s in psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1982. Top contributors: Larry Mann, $500; Fabian Beavers, $400; Vanessa Searight, $200; Lee Vester Akins, $150; Horace W. Kynard, Steve Martin and Edward R. Reynolds, $100 each.

Lynneice Olive-Washington (D)

District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division

Name: Lynneice Olive-Washington

Date of birth: December, 27, 1967; age 48

Residence: Bessemer

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for District Judge, Place 10, 2010; presiding judge, Bessemer Municipal Court, 2011-present. Professional experience: Presiding judge, Bessemer Municipal Court, 2011 – present; appellate prosecutor, Irondale Municipal Court, 2013-present; hearing officer, Jefferson County Personnel Board, 2013-present; solo practitioner, 2010-present; assistant district attorney, Bessemer District, 2002-2010; solo practitioner, 1996-2002. Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1995; bachelor’s in criminal justice and corrections, Auburn University Montgomery, 1990; graduate, A.H. Parker High School, 1986. Civic experience: Member and past president, Bessemer Rotary Club; board member, Girls Inc., 2010-present; mentor, Bessemer Business Professional Women’s Club’s P.I.N.K. program, 2009-present; member, Domestic Violence Task Force, Bessemer, 2011-present; member, Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future program, 2012; advisory board member, Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies cancer awareness organization; recipient, NAACP’s Wonderful Outstanding Women Award, 2015; recipient, Woman of Achievement award, Bessemer Business and Professional Women’s Club, 2014; recipient, A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club’s Pillars of Character Excellence: Fairness Award, 2014; Rotarian of the Year, Bessemer Rotary Club, 2014;

Top Contributors: Y Catering, $1,000 in-kind services; SNG Signs, loans, $900; Constance and Jessie Olive, cash and in-kind services, $700; Friends to Elect Lynneice Washington, $600; Greg Garnette, Ronald C. Hatcher and Jamie Terry, each $500. Main issues: Implement a program to educate students about how laws can affect them.

Lonnie A. Washington Sr. (D)

District Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit, Bessemer Division

Lonnie A. Washington Sr.

Political experience: Appointed to the Alabama State University trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley, 2014. Professional experience: Private practice, co-founder of Washington, Lloyd & Henderson PC, 2001-present; Municipal Court judge for several area cities; network attorney for the Alabama Education Association; associate member, Jefferson County Personnel Board; general counsel to the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention. Education: Cumberland School of law, 1992; bachelor’s, Alabama State University, 1988. Top contributors: Self, loan, $1757.50; Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union Council Cope Fund, $1,500; Milton McGregor, $1,250; United Mine Workers of America, $1,000; Darryl Bender, $1,000. Main Issues: Washington on his campaign website states that his objectives if elected would be to get tough on violent crime, provide outreach and education to the Bessemer Cut-Off community, cooperate with all public safety officials in the area and develop and coordinate rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders.