1983 Birmingham municipal election
The 1983 Birmingham municpal election included races for Mayor of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, then elected at-large. The election was held on October 11, 1983 with two challengers vying trying to unseat Richard Arrington, Jr, then at the end of his first term of office.
Overall turnout was 83%. Voters in black precincts turned out at record levels, with 77% of eligible voters casting ballots.
 Mayor's race
- Richard Arrington, Jr: 56,967 votes (60%)
- John Katopodis: 37,608 votes (40%)
- Sonja Franeta: 171 votes (0.2%)
 City Council election
- William Bell (62%), incumbent, re-elected for a four-year term
- Jeff Germany, incumbent, re-elected for a four-year term
- David Herring, incumbent, re-elected for a four-year term
- Russell Yarbrough, incumbent, re-elected for a four-year term
- Eddie Blankenship, elected to a two-year term
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- Allers, Robyn, ed. (1999) Birmingham: A City Born Again: The Arrington Years 1979-1999. Birmingham: Elements/Jesse J. Lewis and Associates
- Archibald, John (October 9, 2009) "Archibald: What next? C-Notes for votes?" Birmingham News