Birmingham mayor plans to seek re-election

Birmingham mayor plans to seek re-election

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor William Bell says his name will be on the ballot when the city holds elections next year.

Mayor Bell confirmed his intentions when asked by reporters at city hall on Wednesday.

"I think Birmingham has experienced a renaissance during my six years as mayor of this great city. We have other opportunities that I want to make sure that the city takes advantage of to bring people closer together, to create a city that is not only known nationally but internationally to attract businesses and job opportunities," Bell said.

"I want to make sure that effort continues to grow while we address some of the needs in our neighborhoods and communities. Oftentimes people are looking for quick fixes to resolve problems. There are no quick fixes, you have to plan long term and that's what we've been doing and that's what I want to continue to do as mayor of the great city of Birmingham," Bell continued.

Bell quickly pointed out his answer was not the "official announcement" of his campaign.

"I think it's too early to officially announce," Bell said.

One candidate will launch his campaign for Birmingham mayor this weekend.

Thirty-five-year-old Birmingham school board member Randall Woodfin will officially launch his campaign for mayor Saturday.

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