2017 Birmingham Mayor Elections

Frank James Matthews


Frank James Matthews

Name: Frank Matthews

Age: 61

Residence:  Birmingham

Political experience: Candidate, Birmingham City Council, District 2, 2005; Candidate, Mayor of Birmingham, 2003; Candidate Birmingham City Council, District 2, 2000; Candidate, Alabama State Legislature, District 58, 1998;

Professional experience: CEO, Tough Communications Advertising Agency, 1999-present; Licensed Minister, Church of God in Christ, Inc., 1985-present; Member, Birmingham Cable Commission, 1999; Host/Producer, “In Your Ear,” 1998-2010; Host/Producer, “In Your Face,” 1993-1997; Co-Founder, Avondale Lemonites, 1993; Executive Director, Intercession Ministries, 1992

Civic experience: Men in Ensley, 2017-present; Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of Citizens Assistance, 2007-2009; Crime Consultant, City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office, 1992-1995; Founder, Jefferson County Health Department Healthy Start Pregnant Males Initiative, 1994-1997; Appointee, Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission, 1992; Member, Birmingham Police Chief’s Non-Violence Committee, 1992; Founder, Ultra-Net GED Tutorial Program;

Education: Morris Cerullo Legacy School of Ministry, Associate’s Degree in Religion, 1979; Lee High School, 1973-1975

Top contributors: DM Smitherman Enterprise, LLC, $2,000; Roosevelt Powell, $1,000; Barbara J. Howard, $150

Main issues: According to his campaign website, if elected, Matthews will establish a Community Police Review Committee, establish a fund to aid small businesses, give raises to and increase benefits for city employees, establish an Office of International Business Recruitment, revitalize neighborhoods with reinvestment of bank funds, and repeal the smoking ban at the Birmingham Race Course.

Campaign: frankjamesmatthewsiiimayor17.com

 Frank Matthews’ campaign did not respond to requests to fill out BirminghamWatch’s questionnaire.