Date for special election of mayor to be set

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Who will be Birmingham's next mayor?

The city's election commission meets Monday to set a date for the special election. That special election is expected to take place either December 1st or 8th, leaving very little time for candidates to make up their minds, raise money, and try to convince voters to vote for them.

So what do voters want; a familiar face, or a fresh start?

Among the candidates mentioned as possibilities are: the runner up to Langford in 2007 Patrick Cooper, former mayoral candidate Emory Anthony, Division of Youth Services Director Cedric Sparks, Former Mayor Richard Arrington, County Commissioner William Bell, acting Mayor Carole Smitherman and City Councilor Steven Hoyt. Bell and Smitherman were both unreachable Sunday for comment, but have both said they plan to decide by the start of this week. Hoyt told FOX6 Sunday he still has not made up his mind.

"Haven't decided, but I think if people decide that this is something they want me to do, then being a leader in this city, I have no problem with it," said Hoyt. "Because I've said our strength in this city is we have many leaders."