Cooper, Bell in runoff for Birmingham mayor

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A political newcomer and a long-time politician will square off against each other next month to become Birmingham's next mayor.

Birmingham businessman Patrick Cooper and Jefferson County Commissioner William Bell will face each in a runoff in January to become the next mayor of Birmingham.  The election was held Tuesday to replace Larry Langford, who was ousted from office last month after his conviction on federal bribery and conspiracy charges.

Cooper received almost 14,000 votes Tuesday, more than any other candidate, but not enough to secure victory without a runoff.  Bell received almost 8,800 votes.

Birmingham City Councilwoman Carole Smitherman came in third place with almost 6,600 votes.  Smitherman served as interim mayor immediately after Langford was removed from office until Nov. 24, when the new Birmingham City Council elected Roderick Royal president.

Fourteen people were on the ballot Tuesday, including Ernie Dunn, who died last week from health problems.

The runoff will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.

Here are the unofficial numbers as given to FOX6 News and reported on www.MyVoteAlabama.com:

159 of 160 precincts reporting
Patrick Cooper
13,992
40%

William Bell
8,752
25%

Carole Smitherman
6,552
19%

Emory Anthony
4,344
12%

Steven Hoyt
641
2%

Scott Douglas
201
1%

Jody Trautwein
173
0%

Harry Turner, Jr.
81
0%

Stephannie Huey
60
0%

T.C. Cannon
40
0%

William Sumners
31
0%

Edith Mayomi
28
0%

Jimmy Snow
23
0%

Ernie Dunn
13
0%