Jefferson County District Court Judge, Place 9
Political experience: None.
Professional experience: General practice solo attorney; regional director Legal Services Alabama, managing offices in Birmingham, Anniston and Huntsville. Before becoming an attorney: vice president New South Federal Savings Bank; officer, AmSouth Bank; vice president Booker T. Washington Insurance Co.; senior writer and broadcast producer with Gillis Townsend & Riley; promotion manager, WAPI-TV Channel 13.
Civic experience: Has served on the boards of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, ATH, Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham Red Cross, Terrific New Theater and Mental Health Association.
Education: UAB, double major in management and marketing, 1979; Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 2002.
Main issues: Willie promised fairness if elected to the bench.
“My goal as a judge is to provide timely decisions on cases coming before the court. Each party will be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and given the opportunity to present their side of the story,” he said. “All people will be treated the same, regardless of race, nationality, economic status, sex, or sexual orientation. My job is to determine a just and equitable outcome.”
Top contributors: Louis J. Willie, III, $4,000 (loan); Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Goldfarb LLC, $1,000; William C. Veal, $500; Navarre Corporation, $500; Daniel W. Wainscott, $500; Communication Workers of America, $250; Custom Cleaning Solutions, $250.