Jefferson County District Court Place 4
William A. “Tony” Bell Jr.
Date of birth: March 2, 1976; age 40
Political experience: Municipal judge, city of Lipscomb 2011-2012; Municipal judge, city of Irondale, 2012-present.
Professional experience: Private practice attorney focusing on criminal law, 2007-present; municipal judge, Irondale, 2012-present; municipal prosecutor, city of Lipscomb, 2012-present; municipal prosecutor, Brighton, 2012-present; municipal judge, Lipscomb, 2011-2012; public defender, city of Homewood, 2009-present; public defender, city of Fultondale, 2008-present; professor, Miles College School of Law, 2011; assistant district attorney, Milwaukee County Wisconsin Domestic Violence Unit, 2005-2007, Investment representative, SouthTrust Securities Inc., 1999-2001.
Civic experience: Volunteer, Sickle Cell Foundation, 2005-present; executive committee member, Boy Scouts of America Greater Alabama Council, 2015-present; volunteer, Salvation Army, 2014; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; board member, Birmingham History Center, 2011-present; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham, 1999-2000.
Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 2004; University of Alabama, bachelor’s,1998; Ramsay High School Advanced Diploma, 1994.
Top contributors: Law Offices of Terrence A. Bradley, $2,000; Michael Choy, $1,000; Robert W. Dozier, $1,000; Johnny Givens Jr., $1,000; United General Contractors Inc., $1,000.
Qualifications: Bell has more than five years of judicial experience handling criminal cases for area cities, as well as more than 10 years handling criminal cases as prosecutor, public defender and private practice attorney. He has sat as the special district judge for Place 4, handling the entire judicial docket.
Main issues: If elected, he wants to work to deter youth from a life of crime and to offer alternative sentencing, drug or rehabilitation programs and GED programs.