Bowman gains candidacy, incumbent Humphryes out in Jeffco Commission

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Several runoffs were held on Tuesday to decide the fate of the Jefferson County Commission.

George Bowman found himself closer to his hopes of serving a full 4-year term as county commissioner for District One. With this win as the Democratic candidate, he hopes to win in November to finish what he has already started. He won the special election last month to finish William Bell's term.

Bowman says he was confident going into Tuesday's runoff and he hopes to continue his work as commissioner with a new county commission.

"I believe we are all going to come in. With the spirit of cooperation, we'll work together to try to solve problems," says Bowman.
     
In the District 3 Republican runoff Jimmie Stephens celebrated a win with his supporters. Stephens beat incumbent Bobby Humphryes who seemed very disappointed. Humphryes says he was surprised at his loss.
   
"It's basically a whole new commission," says Humphryes. "They have their work cut out for them."

"Our plans are to work together. That's our primary goal," said Stephens about his plans for the commission.

Stephens also says a commission with all new members is what the county needs to go in a new direction as it works to deal with the county's financial problems.

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