Birmingham City Council, District 3
Name: Valerie A. Abbott
Residence: Glen Iris Park
Political experience: Birmingham City Council member, 2001-present.
Professional experience: Manager at AT&T, 1974-2017.
Civic experience: Secretary of Glen Iris Neighborhood Association for six years and president for 11 years, 1985-2001; president of the Southside Community for six years; member of the Magic City Civitan Club for eight years; chairman of the Birmingham Planning Commission; Chairman of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.
Education: Birmingham Southern College, master of public and private management, 1999; Auburn University School of Architecture and Fine Art, bachelor’s degree, 1974.
Top contributors: Samuel Hugh Frazier, $4,000; CL Foshee, $2,000; Ball Healthcare-East, LLC, $1,500; Skada Professional Services, LLC, $1,000; Amzer Appliances Inc., $1,000.
Main issues: The candidate plans to implement a 5-year plan for street paving and believes in accountability and transparency for all city spending decisions. She says she is deeply interested in wise spending of the taxpayers’ money and in passing legislation that is helpful to the residents of Birmingham, such as the noise and tree ordinances. She is focused on quality of life issues for Birmingham residents, including the condition of neighborhood parks, streets, sidewalks, and street lighting. The candidate also is interested in providing walking trails and sidewalks so that people can improve their health and get from place to place, making certain that crime is in check, ensuring that fire stations are strategically located, and that city properties are regularly maintained.