Patrick Cooper – 13,992 votes – 40.06%
After suffering a stinging loss to former mayor and now convicted felon Larry Langford in the 2007 race (Cooper came in second, but failed to force a run-off), Cooper wanted this badly. At times it seemed as if he felt Birmingham owed him a place in the run-off, and his absence from many of the mayoral forums his opponents attended prompted questions from some voters. Nonetheless, Cooper’s supporters ultimately did what he needed them to do — they showed up at the polls and voted. Can he make them do it again, and get the additional 10% he’ll need to beat Bell?
William A. Bell, Sr. – 8,752 votes – 25.06%
After many races for mayor, it seems Bell’s time has finally come. He’ll need to dismiss the charge that he’s abandoning yet another elected post (his Jefferson County Commission seat, and his Birmingham City Council seat previous to that) and consolidate the support of his former opponents to win. He told the Birmingham News he’s running because “my city needs me.” We’ll see about that on Jan. 19.
Carole C. Smitherman – 6,552 votes – 18.76%
Smitherman’s chances for winning this race diminished after she lost her position as city council president and interim mayor (the power of the bully pulpit is not to taken lightly in a short race). The important question now is whether she will endorse Bell in the run-off.
Emory Anthony, Jr. – 4,344 votes – 12.44%
Early prognostications gave Anthony, an attorney, a chance of making it into the run-off. But his cool head and realistic ideas were just not enough for Birmingham.
Steven W. Hoyt – 641 votes – 1.84%
Hopefully Hoyt’s recent election (such as it was) to Council President Pro Tempore will be enough to satisfy him.
Scott Douglas – 201 votes – 0.58%
Not the strongest showing, but Douglas, the executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, impressed many who gave him a chance. Here’s hoping that he’s not done with politics forever.
Jody Trautwein – 173 votes – 0.50%
The only mayoral candidate to make an appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno, this youth pastor easily locked down the votes of the formerly gay.
Harry “Traveling Shoes” Turner, Jr. – 81 votes – 0.23%
A notary public, evangelist and clown (among other things), Turner was a nice addition to the race but didn’t make much of an impression on Birmingham voters, apparently.
Stephannie Sigler Huey – 60 votes – 0.17%
Huey, a Birmingham teacher, placed 14th in the 2003 mayoral race — 9th is a significant improvement. At this rate, she’ll be mayor in a dozen years or so.
T.C. Cannon – 40 votes – 0.11%
Cannon, a retired bar owner, finished in eighth place in the 2003 mayoral election.
William Jason Sumners – 31 votes – 0.09%
Sumners proposed hosting an Alabama Constitutional Convention in Birmingham and running city buildings on solar power.
Edith Mayomi – 28 votes – 0.08%
Mayomi is employed by Jefferson State Community College. That’s about all we know about her. Oh, and she ran for mayor in 2009.
Jimmy Snow – 23 votes – 0.07%
Snow is an Avondale resident and a businessman. He’s also a campaigner. Or, at the least, he told cops he was campaigning at a Lakeview bar when he was arrested by Birmingham police for disorderly conduct. We at the Weekly frequently campaign at Lakeview bars, too.
Ernie S. Dunn – 13 votes – 0.04%
Dunn said he wanted to be mayor because he needed a job. He died days before the election. He was 49. Somehow it’s comforting to know that Birmingham did not give more votes to a dead man than a live person.