Antwon B. Womack

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Antwon B. Womack
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Candidate for
Birmingham City School Board, District 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Term limitsN/A

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."[1]

Biography

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.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Birmingham City School District Elections (2013)

Opposition

Womack sought election to the District 8 seat against incumbent April Myers Williams and Patricia Bozeman-Henderson. The election took place on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

Election results

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngApril Myers Williams Incumbent 58.1% 1,785
     Nonpartisan Patricia Bozeman-Henderson 34.9% 1,071
     Nonpartisan Antwon B. Womack 7% 216
Total Votes 3,072
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.

Funding

No campaign donations or expenditures for Antwon B. Womack are available on the Alabama Secretary of State's website.

Endorsements

Womack did not receive any official endorsements.

2009

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.[3]

Birmingham City School Board, District 8, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWillie James Maye, Jr. Incumbent 38.9% 1,359
     Nonpartisan Ervin Philemon Hill 22.2% 774
     Nonpartisan Joe B. Bridges, Jr. 2.7% 93
     Nonpartisan Antwon B. Womack 3.3% 117
     Nonpartisan Gwendolyn "Gwen" Bell 32.9% 1,150
Total Votes 3,493

Campaign themes

2013

Womack identified the following campaign themes on his Facebook campaign page:[4]

"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.[5]

Stake takeover

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.[6] 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.[7] Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.[7]

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.[8]

Location

Birmingham City Schools is located in Jefferson County, Alabama
Birmingham City School District is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, located northeast of the capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 US Census, Birmingham is home to 212,237 residents.[9]

Demographics

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[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Jefferson County (%) Alabama (%)
White 54.3 70.0
Black or African American 42.6 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 1.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[11]
Year Democratic Vote Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote Republican Vote (%)
2012 159,876 52.50 141,683 46.53
2008 166,121 52.15 149,921 47.07
2004 132,286 45.15 158,680 54.16
2000 129,889 47.45 138,491 50.59

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