BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Tuesday the Birmingham City Council deadlocked over replacing Jay Roberson in District Seven on the Birmingham City Council.
The council deadlocked four to four over two nominations: former Birmingham school board member Wardine Alexander and Lonny Malone.
Two councilwomen are leaving in three weeks for the county commission. They fear six people could end up running the who city by not filling their districts' seats.
“If we are not careful we will have three vacant seats and six council members. We want to participate in the process to insure district seven has the opportunity we hope for our own districts,” said Lashunda Scales.
Scales and councilwoman Sheila Tyson have no opposition in the November sixth election for the Jefferson County Commission. They are expected to take office by the middle of November.
“Yes we could have only six people on the council. I don’t think anyone could have imagined three people would leave before the first year of their term was up,” said Valerie Abbott.
The vote on the district seven candidates will be back up next week before the council. Abbott is hoping someone compromises and the majority votes for one candidate.
Tyson and Scales believe there is a push by some on the council to control the votes on all three seats by waiting until after they leave.