New District 1 and District 6 representatives sworn in to the Birmingham City Council
PRESS RELEASE Wednesday January 2, 2019
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL –Newly-appointed Birmingham City Councilors Crystal Smitherman and Clinton Woods were sworn in as representatives on Wednesday.
All nine seats of the Council have now been filled until the next citywide election is held. The two Councilors touched on the issues they’d like to focus on while in office.
Smitherman said she wants to focus on improving the “Three E’s of empowerment”: environment, education and economy.
“We’ve scheduled a meeting with the mayor and his team to discuss needed road improvement and repairs and the status of abandoned homes in the district,” Smitherman said. “We plan on doing this immediately.”
In regards to environmental concerns, Smitherman and Council President Pro Tem William Parker will soon be announcing plans to turn Legion Field “green” and potentially utilize the facility as recycling hub.
Woods also shares and enthusiasm for improving educational opportunities for children in Birmingham, especially in terms of workforce development. “Our main focus is investing in our youth,” Woods said, detailing three of the objectives he’d like to focus on in office. “We want to go into the schools and focus on improving the reading skills in elementary and middle schools.”
Woods said he is also focused on small business growth in his district and public safety. New committee meeting assignments are expected to be announced next Tuesday January 8, 2019.
This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information.For media inquiries please contact the Interim Director of Public Information, Chiara Perry at 205.254.2294.