Jefferson County special election set for Tuesday

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Tuesday, voters in Jefferson County's district one will head to the polls.

They'll vote in the special election runoff that will determine who fills the remainder of William Bell's term.  Voters will decide between General George Bowman and Birmingham City Councilor Johnathan Austin.

"I've got the background, knowledge and education to do the job that's required," Bowman said Monday with less than 24 hours from the election.  "We've got some big decisions to make and we don't need a novice making those decisions."

But Austin says he has what it takes to do the job and that the commission needs new blood.  "What the citizens want and need is someone who is from this community and someone who has an intimate appreciation that affects us here in this community," Austin said.

Both men will square off again in the July 13th runoff election.  That election will determine who will be the Democratic Nominee for the commission seat in the general November election.

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