Some incumbents struggle in runoff election

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Several incumbent Birmingham councilors struggled to keep their seats Tuesday night in runoff elections, including one incumbent who lost.

In District 2, incumbent Carol Reynolds-Duncan was defeated by Kim Rafferty. Rafferty received 63 percent of the vote and Reynolds-Duncan received 37 percent.

In District 5, incumbent Johnathan Austin narrowly defeated Elias Hendricks. Austin received 52 percent of the vote, while Hendricks received 48 percent.

In District 6, Birmingham City Council President Carole Smitherman narrowly defeated Sheila Tyson. Smitherman received 51 percent of the vote while Tyson received 49 percent.

In District 7, Jay Roberson, Jr., defeated Ernestine Williams for the seat held by the late Miriam Witherspoon. Roberson got 59 percent of the vote and Williams got 41 percent of the vote.

In District 9, incumbent Roderick Royal defeated Leroy Bandy. Royal received 56 percent of the vote and Bandy received 44 percent.

Here are other winners from runoffs in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa Tuesday night:

Birmingham Board of Education
District 3: Brian Giattina
District 4: Edward Maddox
District 6: Willie James Maye, Jr.
District 7: Alana Victoria Edwards

Tuscaloosa Board of Education
District 6: Marvin Lucas

Complete election results can be found on