Emanuel B. Ford
|Emanuel B. Ford|
|Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 27, 2013|
|First elected||August 25, 2009|
|High school||Kecoghtan High School|
|Associate's||Jefferson State Community College|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, AL|
Emanuel B. Ford served as the District 8 member on the Birmingham City School Board. He unsuccessfully sought re-election against challenger Sandra K. Brown in the school board election on August 27, 2013.
Ford attended Jefferson State Community College studying culinary arts and graduated from Leadership Birmingham. Ford has served as President of both East Thomas Neighborhood Association and Smithfield Community and Citizen Advisory Board. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for Birmingham City Board of Education in 2005 as well as an unsuccessful campaign for the Alabama House of Representatives District 54 seat in 2006. In 2009, he defeated incumbent Danetta K. Thornton Owens for the District 5 seat on the Birmingham City Board of Education.
Ford sought to win a fourth term against challenger Sandra K. Brown in the August 27, 2013 election.
|Birmingham City Schools, District 9 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sandra K. Brown Incumbent||70.4%||2,717|
|Nonpartisan||Emanuel B. Ford||29.6%||1,142|
|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.|
Nno campaign donations or expenditures for Emanuel B. Ford are available on the Alabama Secretary of State's website for the 2013 election cycle. He ended his 2007 campaign with a balance of $961.07.
Ford did not receive any notable endorsements.
Ford first won election to the board on August 25, 2009 defeating incumbent Danetta K. Thornton Owens for the District 5 seat.
|Birmingham City School Board, District 5, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Emanuel B. Ford||51.1%||1,053|
|Nonpartisan||Danetta K. Thornton Owens Incumbent||48.9%||1,008|
Ford was defeated by Danetta K. Thornton Owens for the District 5 seat in the Birmingham City Council and School Board Election on October 11, 2005.
|Birmingham City School Board, District 5, 2005|
|Nonpartisan||Danetta K. Thornton Owens Incumbent||55.7%||1,294|
|Nonpartisan||Emanuel B. Ford||44.3%||1,031|
According to his 2009 Campaign Profile with Al.com, Ford finds the most important issues to be accountability, transparency, and open communication.
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 were all running 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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- Alabama Secretary of State, "FCPA Filing Details," accessed August 19, 2013
- Office of the City Clerk, "2009 Municipal Election Results," accessed July 23, 2013
- Office of the City Clerk, "2005 Municipal Election Results," accessed July 23, 2013
- AL.com, "Birmingham Board of Education District 5: Emanuel B. Ford" accessed July 23, 2013
- Marissa Mitchell, ABC 3340, "Qualifying candidates for Birmingham mayoral, city council, school board races," July 12, 2013
- Sherea Harris and Brianne Britzius, Fox 6 WBRC, "State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday," July 3, 2012
- Evan Belanger, AL.com, "Birmingham schools intervention could stretch into fall 2014, education official says," June 27, 2013
- Birmingham City Schools, "History of the Birmingham City Schools" accessed July 16, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Alabama," accessed August 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County Quick Facts," accessed August 13, 2013
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Elections Information," accessed August 14, 2013
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