Birmingham city council election shakeup

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Voters sent several incumbents on the Birmingham City Council either out of office or into a runoff Tuesday.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, most ballots had been counted.

In District 1, incumbent Joel Montgomery lost to LaShunda Scales. Scales got 1,724 votes, slightly more than 50 percent and barely enough to avoid a runoff. Christopher Cummings came in second place with 29 percent of the vote, and Montgomery came in third with 11 percent.

In District 2, incumbent Carol Duncan and Kim Rafferty were sent into a runoff. Duncan had 27 percent of the vote, while Rafferty had 28 percent.

In District 3, incumbent Valerie Abbott won re-election with 60 percent of the vote. Howard Bayless got 38 percent.

In District 4, incumbent Maxine Parker defeated challengers with 69 percent of the vote.

In District 5, incumbent Johnathan Austin was put into a runoff against Elias Hendricks. Austin had 28 percent of the vote while Hendricks had 35 percent.

In District 6, Council President Carole Smitherman was put into a runoff against Sheila Tyson. Smitherman had 43 percent and Tyson had 39 percent.

In District 7, James Roberson, Jr., led with 45 percent of the vote, followed by Ernestine Williams with 27 percent.

In District 8, incumbent Steven Hoyt defeated Gerri Robinson. Hoyt had had 55 percent of the vote and Robinson had 45 percent.

In District 9, incumbent Roderick Royal was put into a runoff against Leroy Bandy. Royal had 39 percent of the vote and Barnes had 18 percent.

Runoffs will be held October 6.

For complete election results from Tuesday's Birmingham and Tuscaloosa City Council and Board of Education elections, visit