Birmingham Times | August 22, 2016 | Times Staff Report Randall Woodfin http://www.birminghamtimes.com/2016/08/attorney-randall-woodfin-to-declare-candidacy-for-birmingham-mayor/ Birmingham native and attorney Randall Woodfin today announced that he will declare his candidacy for mayor of the City of Birmingham on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the North Birmingham Recreation Center located at 3501 28th St. North. “The people of Birmingham deserve leadership …
Birmingham native and attorney Randall Woodfin today announced that he will declare his candidacy for mayor of the City of Birmingham on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the North Birmingham Recreation Center located at 3501 28th St. North.
“The people of Birmingham deserve leadership that puts them first,” said Woodfin, 35, in a press release. “Neighborhoods need a champion that will advocate for them consistently, year-round. Citizens tell us they want city leaders that publicly support a healthy public education system, encourage entrepreneurship and use tax dollars wisely to ensure neighborhoods benefit from the growth we are seeing in the city center. City Hall must be more apparent and transparent.”
Woodfin’s announcement comes exactly one year before the City of Birmingham’s municipal elections in 2017.
“I’m running for mayor to revitalize the way politics work in our city,” said Woodfin. “We need a vision and a workable plan that lifts the entire city. I believe that I am the person to get the job done.”
Woodfin was elected to the Birmingham Board of Education in August 2013. He served as board president from October 2013 to October 2015. He remains active on the school board, working with his eight colleagues and the superintendent to help grow student achievement.
While school board president, Woodfin guided the school system out of state takeover and off accreditation probation, according to the press release. Also during his presidency, Birmingham voters approved the passage of a property bond referendum to help fund Pre-K classes and fine arts/band programs in all Birmingham schools.
Woodfin is a graduate of Morehouse College and Cumberland Law School. He currently works as an assistant city attorney for the City of Birmingham.
Retired Birmingham fire chief, Raymond Brooks, will chair Woodfin’s campaign.
“I have served as a key leader in the administration of many mayors in several cities, including the City of Birmingham,” said Brooks. “I can tell you with absolute confidence that Randall Woodfin offers the sort of temperament, intelligence, and partnership-minded spirit we expect from a modern mayor. Randall has a new vision that will move us past the current divisions that are holding our city back from its full potential.”