2021 Birmingham municipal election

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The 2021 Birmingham municipal election is a municipal election that will be held on August 24, 2021 to fill the positions of Mayor of Birmingham and all nine seats on the Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Board of Education.

It will be the third concurrent ballot for Mayor and City Council after the election cycle for Mayor was changed by state law in 2010. The official qualification period for candidates is between June 25, 2020 and July 10, 2021. Runoff elections, if necessary, will be held on October 5, 2021. The certification / canvassing of election results will occur on August 31, 2021.

Candidates were allowed to begin fundraising one year prior to election day on August 24, 2020. The qualification period for candidates was from June 25 2021 through July 9 2021.

The 2021 Birmingham municipal election will be held before the 2020 census-directed redistricting.



City Council

Board of Education

Note: Where a candidate's nickname is present, that is how their name was shown on the ballot.


Randall Woodfin announced his re-election campaign for the Mayor's office on August 25, 2020 and held a campaign kick-off event on January 30 at George Ward Park. Steven Hoyt, current District 8 representative, and Darryl Williams, announced their bids for the Mayor's office during the week of August 24, 2020. Chris Woods announced his candidacy on January 13, 2021, followed by Lashunda Scales on Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 18. Former mayor William Bell confirmed his intention to run on February 2. Cerissa Brown formally announced her candidacy for Mayor at Legion Field on February 13. E. Philemon Hill entered the race in May.

A "Mayoral Town Hall Debate" sponsored by the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats and moderated by Dana Woodruff was held at the Lit in 8th nightclub on June 24. Woodfin, Scales, Bell and Woods were invited to participate.


On September 8 the Woodfin campaign announced that they had raised $270,000 in their first week fundraising. Major contributors included Eric Bledsoe, Charles Barkley, Raymond Harbert, and Shipt.


Pollster Dates No. polled Woodfin Bell Scales Woods Brown undecided
Chism 4/1–5 662 49.4% 13.6% 12.2% 3.7% n/a 21.0%
B'ham Times 5/11–6/4 250 52.0% 9.6% 10.8% 2.4% 1.6% 23.2%


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