David Russell

Birmingham City Council, District 9

David Russell

David Russell

Residence: Smithfield Estates

Political experience: Member, Jefferson County and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee; member, Birmingham Water Works committee on rates; volunteer, voter registration drives.

Professional experience: Administrative assistant at Alabama State University, 15 years; work in the insurance field.

Civic experience: President, Neighborhood Block Watch in Smithfield Estates; parade grand marshal, Erskine Hawkins Function at the Junction parade; volunteer, Function at the Junction music events; volunteer, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Education: Alabama State University, bachelor’s degree in business and economics.

Top contributors: J. Parker Griffith, $1,000; Helen Shores Lee, $1,000; Juliette Nelson Sullivan, $500.

Main issues: Reduce water and sewer rates; reopen Cooper Green Hospital as a city department; reopen Council Elementary School; reactivate the 1 percent school tax in Birmingham; increase the minimum wage in the city and promote housing and employment assistance for veterans; have Birmingham police officers patrol the areas where they live; set up tutoring programs for students and activity centers for senior citizens and veterans; turn the Ensley area into an entertainment district.