Office: Jefferson County Commission, District 3
Political experience: Bessemer City Council, 2006; Jefferson County Commission, 2010-present.
Professional experience: Assistant director of meat operations and director of retail development, Associated Grocers of Alabama, 1973-1977; past president, Food Centers Inc., 1990-1994; past member board of directors, Associated Grocers of Alabama, 1986-1988; past owner of Jimmies Food Center, 1978-1997; and president, Stephens and Son Enterprises, 1998-present.
Civic experience: Past chairman, Bessemer Board of Zoning Adjustments; past chairman, Bessemer Airport Authority; past chairman, Bessemer Commercial Development Authority; chairman, Exit 108 Commercial Development District; former member, board of directors, Legacy YMCA; member, Western Area Republican Club; member, executive committee, Jefferson County Republican Party; member, Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Authority Board of Directors; member, Jefferson County Department of Health Board; member, Birmingham Business Alliance Executive Board; member, Rotary Club of Birmingham.
Education: Bachelor’s, Samford University, 1973; master’s, Samford University, 1975.
Main issues: Stephens’ core issues are: Transparent county government that is open and keeps residents engaged; financial resources to support defined services and service levels; county operations practicing green, sustainable concepts and principles; improve coordination and resource efficiency among local governments in Jefferson County; high level of cooperation among governmental entities within the county; financially sound operation with resources consistent with policy and best practices; closer working relationship between Jefferson County and the municipalities; develop an effective performance system and use it to enhance service delivery.
Top contributors: $35,000: Loan to self. $7,500: BIZ PAC, Montgomery. $5,685.70: The Bright Star, Bessemer. $5,000: Advanced Disposal, Ponte Verde, Florida; Alabama Builders Political Action Committee, Montgomery; Dunn Construction, Birmingham; Dwight Sandlin, Hoover; Frank Barefield Jr., Birmingham; Jim Gamble, Pelham; Tuscaloosa Tractor, Tuscaloosa; Alabama Development PAC, Birmingham; Mark Point Properties, Bessemer; Hatton C. Smith, Birmingham.