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Birmingham City Council Appoints New PACE Board, Despite Reservations by Some

Birmingham’s controversial PACE Board is back in action after being defunct for nearly a year.

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to appoint new members to the board in order to secure approval for a new restaurant at the Negro Southern League Museum, despite deep reservations by some council members over the board’s accountability.

The Public Athletic, Cultural, and Entertainment Facilities Board — PACE, for short — is a five-member board created by the city in 2011 to oversee development of Regions Field and the Negro Southern League Museum.

But the board drew ire from the council after construction costs for Regions Field went over budget by roughly $8 million, $4.1 million of which the council is paying off in installments through 2021. The rest of those costs were taken on by development companies Robins & Morton and A.G. Gaston Construction.

Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

Office: Lieutenant governor Party: Republican Age: 52 Residence: Montgomery Political experience: Alabama Public Service Commission, 2010-present. Professional experience: Cavanaugh is co-owner of Cavanaugh Bradley Animal Hospital and co-owner of Conservative Solutions. She previously was deputy chief of staff/senior advisor in the office of Gov.Bob Riley and has served as executive director/chair of the Alabama Republican Party. Education: Auburn University, bachelors degree.

Kay Ivey

Office: Governor Kay Ivey Party: Republican Age: 73 Residence: Montgomery resident and native of Camden. Political offices held: Alabama governor, 2017-present, having ascended to governor in April 2017 when then-Gov. Robert Bentley resigned; lieutenant governor, 2014-2017; state treasurer, 2002-2014. Professional experience: Assistant director of Alabama Development office; reading clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives; bank officer;

Gary Richardson

Office: Jefferson County Commission, District 1 Party: Democratic Age: 60 Residence: Midfield Political experience: Mayor of Midfield, 2004-present (fourth consecutive term); ran for Jefferson County Commission, District 2, in 2008. Professional experience: President, CEO and morning talk show host, WJLD AM1400/FM104.1/WIXI AM 1360 (Richardson Broadcasting Corp.), 1987-present;system technology coordinator, Bessemer City Schools, February 2005-present; teacher, Bessemer City