The duties: The Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for managing the cash flow of the county while maintaining transparency with the public. The Treasurer’s Office manages the payroll of county employees, pays county vendors and handles the county’s tax revenue.
Political experience: Bessemer Division tax assessor, 2009-2015. Professional experience: Bessemer Division tax assessor, 2009-2015; director of parks and recreation, city of Bessemer, 2001-2008; building inspector, 1977-2000; chief of contracts and administration, International Commission of Contracts, and supervision of the national delegations, 1965-1975. Civic experience: Member, board of directors, Project Hopewell. Education: University of Maryland; Cuyahoga Community College. Main issues: Bennett says his main issues, if elected, would be transparency of funds, honesty, and integrity.
Political experience: Alabama House of Representatives District 55, 1998-2006; ran for Jefferson County Commission, 2007; executive committee member, National Conference of Black State Legislators, 2002; former executive committee member, National Conference of Mayors. Professional experience: Executive director, Alabama Minority Health Institute; executive director, Global Development Group; Alabama House member, 1998-2006; former staff member for former U.S. 7th District congressman; previous international elections monitor, Gambia, Africa. Civic experience: Member, Faith Chapel Christian Center; board member, Western Area YMCA; founder, Alabama Charity Association; economic empowerment chair, Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP; elected chairman of the Jefferson County Citizen’s Coalition; formerly recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the Top 30 Leaders under 30. Education: Bachelor’s in political science, University of Alabama at Birmingham; associate’s, Jefferson State Community College. Main issues: Major pledged that, if elected, he would make sure that records of the Treasurer’s Office are transparent and that he is available and accountable to residents of the county.
Political Experience: Jefferson County treasurer, 2013-present; elected member of Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee; assistant Alabama secretary of state, 1994-1995; director, Intergovernmental relations for Birmingham, 1983-1990; ran political campaigns on city, county, state, legislative and congressional levels, 1977-2007. Professional experience: Jefferson County treasurer, 2013-present; political and business consultant; president of the board, treasurer, Childcare Resources; former installment loan officer; Birmingham Trust National Bank; National General Council on Finance, United Methodist Church. Civic Experience: Financial crusade chairman, American Cancer Society; board chairman, Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education; president, Downtown Democratic Club; adult adviser, North Alabama Conference Council on Youth Ministry; member and former Sunday school teacher at Canterbury United Methodist Church; chairman of the task force of the Jefferson County Board of Education. Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, interdisciplinary major with concentration in finance, political science, history and English. Main Issues: Miles said that, if he is re-elected, his main issues will be to continue to rebrand the county’s financial operations, perfect new paperless payroll for all county employees and continue to strengthen local banks, particularly minority- owned lenders.