Emanuel B. Ford

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Emanuel B. Ford
Emanuel B Ford.jpg
Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 9
Former member
Term ends
August 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
First electedAugust 25, 2009
Term limitsN/A
High schoolKecoghtan High School
Associate'sJefferson State Community College
Place of birthBirmingham, AL
ProfessionHospitality Manager
Office website
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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.

Election results

Birmingham City Schools, District 9 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra K. Brown Incumbent 70.4% 2,717
     Nonpartisan Emanuel B. Ford 29.6% 1,142
Total Votes 3,859
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.[1]


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.[2]

Birmingham City School Board, District 5, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEmanuel B. Ford 51.1% 1,053
     Nonpartisan Danetta K. Thornton Owens Incumbent 48.9% 1,008
Total Votes 2,061


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.[3]

Birmingham City School Board, District 5, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDanetta K. Thornton Owens Incumbent 55.7% 1,294
     Nonpartisan Emanuel B. Ford 44.3% 1,031
Total Votes 2,325

Campaign themes

According to his 2009 Campaign Profile with Al.com, Ford finds the most important issues to be accountability, transparency, and open communication.[4]

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.[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]


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]


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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