Jeffco voters return to polls on Tuesday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The first of several runoff elections will bring voters to the polls in Jefferson County on Tuesday.

Birmingham City Councilman Johnathan Austin and former County Commissioner George Bowman are squaring off in a runoff to see who will fill Mayor William Bell's former seat on the Jefferson County Commission in District 1. The winner stays on until November. Then, in two weeks, the same two candidates will meet in the Democratic Party runoff to fill the seat for the next four years.

One issue where both men agree is they are opposed to the sale of the county nursing home.

"The county has moral responsibility, a written responsibility to take care of the indigent, to provide healthcare for the indigent," says Bowman

"We have to fight to keep Cooper Green Hospital open to the public. We have to fight to keep the nursing home open. We have to make sure as commissioners we work together. We have to get on the same page to solve the sewer crisis," said Austin.

Both Austin and Bowman also promise to bring fresh ideas to the challenge of fixing the county's $3.2 billion sewer crisis that still threatens to push the sewer system into bankruptcy.

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