Office: Jefferson County Commission, District 1
Residence: Echo Highlands
Political experience: Appointed to Jefferson County Commission, 2007; elected to Jefferson County Commission, 2010; re-elected Jefferson County Commission, 2014-present.
Professional experience: Since retiring from military service, has been strategic planner for the National Museum of the United States Army. He’s also served as a branch manager for Liberty National Life Insurance Co. at its home office in Birmingham. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army in May 1969 upon graduation from college and ordered to active duty in July 1969. During his 34-year career, he rose through the ranks to major general. He retired from the military in 2005.
Civic experience: Deacon, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church; charter member, Pi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; charter senior warden, William H. Scott Military Lodge No. 182 PHA; member, National Association of Counties; chairman, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee-NACo; voting member, Large Urban County Caucus; voting member, Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee; voting Member, National Organization of Black County Officials; voting member, National Association of Black County Officials; past president, Alabama Association of Black County Officials; represents Jefferson County in ALAVETNET; board member, MYVA; Community Champion for Operation Reveille; co-chair, Community Veterans Engagement Board; represents Jefferson County, Birmingham VA VISTAR Research Board.
Education: Bachelor’s, South Carolina State, 1969; master’s, Shippensburg University-Pennsylvania, 1985.
Main issues: Bowman said he has consistently fought to protect ratepayers and decrease sewer bills. He said he’ll focus on reducing rates and implementing the Sewer Assistance Fund Plan. He pledged to continue to protect medical services atCooper Green and continue building medical clinics on the western area and throughout Jefferson County. Bowman said he’ll ensure funding is in place to improve and maintain neighborhoods, and keep roadsfree fromweeds and litter. Bowman said he’s dedicated to helping veterans resolve homelessness and regain self-sufficiency. Bowman said District 1 has gained 1,000 new jobs and experienced a $600 million economic development growth. He pledges to continue that progress.
Top Contributors: $7,000, Signature Homes of Hoover; $5,875, Alabama Development PAC; $5,000 each, BARPAC and Greater Birmingham Homebuilders Association; $2,500, Cherise Wilson of Atlanta.