Harris, a graduate of Ullman High School, ran unsuccessfully for Birmingham City Council in the 2001 and 2005 elections. He ran again for the open District 6 seat in the 2013 Birmingham municipal election. Harris is a supporter of Carole Smitherman's former council assistant Alice Williams and pledged to retain her in that role.
- Downing, Jared (August 23, 2013) "District 6: Eager for representation after Tuesday elections since councilor moved to judgeship in January." The Birmingham News