William Bell defeats Patrick Cooper for Birmingham mayor

William Bell (WBRC video)
William Bell (WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County Commissioner William Bell defeated Birmingham lawyer Patrick Cooper Tuesday in a special election to become Birmingham's fourth mayor since October.

With 99 percent of the boxes counted, Bell had 25,354 votes, or 54 percent of the vote, to Cooper's 21,979 votes.

Bell, who served as interim mayor of Birmingham in July 1999 before losing to Bernard Kincaid, becomes Birmingham's fourth mayor since October.  Larry Langford was removed from office in October after his federal conviction on felony conspiracy charges. Birmingham councilwoman Carole Smitherman became the interim mayor until late November, when the new Birmingham City Council elected Roderick Royal as council president, making him interim mayor.

Bell will serve out the remaining two years of Langford's term.