Birmingham City Council District 2
Name: Stephen L. Murphy
Residence: Crestline Neighborhood
Political experience: First run for political office.
Professional experience: Foster care social worker with Jefferson County Department of Human Resources, 2008-2010; assessment coordinator with Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services, 2010-2016; medical caseworker with the UAB 1917 Clinic, 2011-2013; intern, Birmingham VA Medical Center; medical social worker with St. Vincent’s Health System at East and Birmingham campuses, 2014-2016; network manager with the Birmingham Education Foundation, 2015-16; currently director of risk management and regulatory compliance, Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services.
Education: Graduated Jackson-Olin High School, 2004; bachelor’s in social work, UAB, 2008; advanced standing M.S.W., University of Alabama, 2014.
Civic experience: Volunteers with the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. organization’s Cease Fire Non-Violence Campaign in Elyton Village and mentors students in social work and other forms of public service. In the past, Murphy has volunteered with several organizations, including UAB’s Social Work Organization, Firehouse Shelter, One Roof, American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham.
Top contributors: Stephen L. Murphy, $1,917.19; Tyson Anderson, $610; Antonio Kyler, $230; Ronald Anderson, $210.
Main issues: Murphy wants to use his “experience in leveraging strengths” in an effort to unify District 2, specifically in the areas of community involvement, comprehensive education, public safety and support for businesses. He wants to increase citizen participation in government and develop a comprehensive approach to education by involving all stakeholders in city schools. He wants to ensure availability of needed resources for the city’s public safety departments. He advocates building relationships among small businesses and the city to further economic growth in District 2.