Antwon B. Womack
|Antwon B. Womack|
|Birmingham City School Board, District 8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 27, 2013|
Antwon B. Womack ran for the District 8 seat on the Birmingham City School Board. He sought office against incumbent board president April Myers Williams and fellow challenger Patricia Bozeman-Henderson in the school board election on August 27, 2013. Womack campaigned on the issues of "School Board Governance, Financial Stability, and Communication between the Board and the Community."
Womack attended Wenonah High School before dropping out as a freshman. Womack led an unsuccessful campaign in 2008 for Mayor of Tarrant. He finished fourth out of five candidates in the 2009 District 6 Birmingham City Board of Education election.
On August 27, 2013, April Meyers Williams defeated Patricia Bozeman-Henderson and Antwon B. Womack for the District 8 seat on the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education.
|Birmingham City Schools, District 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||April Myers Williams Incumbent||58.1%||1,785|
|Nonpartisan||Antwon B. Womack||7%||216|
|Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "City Election - August 27, 2013," accessed August 28, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.|
No campaign donations or expenditures for Antwon B. Womack are available on the Alabama Secretary of State's website.
Womack did not receive any official endorsements.
In 2009, The Birmingham News uncovered that Womack had claimed in campaign material to be a graduate of West End High School and to have received a bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M, however both of these claims proved to be untrue. Womack also falsely claimed to have earned the titles of "Doctor" and "Bishop." Womack admitted wrongdoing, but remained in the race after initially dropping out. He eventually finishing fourth in the election. On August 25, 2009, Womack was defeated by Willie James Maye, Jr. for the District 8 seat on the Birmingham City School Board.
Womack identified the following campaign themes on his Facebook campaign page:
"Here are the top three issues that voters share concern with facing our schools: School Board Governance, Financial Stability, and Communication between the Board and the Community. I am asking for your support to bring back stability in the decreasing lost of student population, failure to secure certified and qualified professional staff, partnership between the school system and local businesses."
What was at stake?
All nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake. Three members of the controversial "Gang of Five" coalition of board members were on the ballot. These members were Emanuel B. Ford, Virginia S. Volker and Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr., who all ran opposed races. Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.
On June 26, 2012, the Alabama Department of Education assumed control of Birmingham City Schools after the school board failed to pass a measure that would have cut hundreds of jobs over two years to bring the district into compliance with state law. The discovery that schools in the district were operating without the mandated month of emergency reserve funds, which amounted to approximately $20 million, was another contributor to the state takeover. Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.
About the district
The Birmingham City School District was created in 1910 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill creating Greater Birmingham. Through this bill, 40 schools were annexed by the Birmingham Free School, most of them substandard and in disrepair. Birmingham City Schools is now comprised of 51 schools including 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven K-8 schools, seven high schools, and one alternative school.
Jefferson County outperforms the rest of Alabama in terms of median household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income for Jefferson County is $45,750 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County is 16.2% while it is 17.6% for the state of Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census also found that 29.0% of Jefferson County residents aged 25 or older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.0% in Iowa
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