Pamela Wilson Cousins (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Pamela Wilson Cousins

Age: 56

Residence: Gardendale

Political experience: Ran for Circuit Court in Bessemer Cutoff, 2010. Professional experience: Private practice, 1993-present; attorney, Reid & Thomas, Anniston, 1992-1993; previously paralegal for L. Dan Turberville  P.C., Maynard, Cooper, Frierson & Gale P.C., and Wiggins & Quinn/Gordon, Silberman, all of Birmingham. Civic experience: Participated in voter registration drives and free legal clinics;  volunteer for Habitat for Humanity; former member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; member, Living Stones Temple Church; volunteer in several Birmingham Bar Association programs, including volunteer lawyers program, mentoring and alternative dispute program for high school students. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1990; Alabama A&M University, master’s in personnel administration, 1984; Tennessee State University, bachelor’s, 1981. Top contributors: Self, loans, $2,410; Della Johnson, $1,576; John Jeffries, $1,500; Cluis Cox, $625; The Larkin Law Firm, $500.

Shera Craig Grant (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Shera Grant

Age: 38

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Appointed District Court judge, Place 5, on Jan. 8, 2016. Professional experience: District Court Judge, Place 5, January 2016-present; deputy public defender, Jefferson County, 2013-2016; managing attorney, The Grant Firm LLC, 2011-2013; prosecutor promoted  to chief assistant district attorney, DeKalb County, Georgia, 2004-2010; adjunct professor, Alabama State University, 2008-2010; adjunct professor, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2007-2009; assistant city solicitor, Atlanta, 2002-2004, assistant solicitor general, Fulton County, Georgia, 2003. Civic experience: Vestavia Hills Board of Education member, 2015-2016; Leadership Vestavia Hills Board of Directors member, 2014-present; Help the Hills Committee member, 2014-present; Rape Crisis facilitator, 2007-2010; Create Your Dreams volunteer facilitator, 2007-2010; The Women’s Network member. Education: Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, juris doctorate, 2002; Alabama State University, bachelor’s in computer information systems, 1999.

Bob Shores (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Bob Shores

Residence: Homewood

Professional experience:  Private practice, Shores P.C. law firm

Education: Birmingham School of Law

Qualifications: Shores declined to participate in the Voter Guide survey.