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Jerry Tate
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAlabama State University
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Jerry Tate was a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Birmingham City School Board. He was defeated in the general election on August 27, 2013 and did not continue on to the October 8, 2013 runoff election.



See also: Birmingham City School District Elections (2013)

Jerry Tate unsuccessfully ran for the District 1 seat on the Birmingham City School Board against incumbent Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. and fellow challengers Sherman Collins, Jr. and Douglas Ragland. Green Calhoun, Jr. withdrew from the race on August 5, 2013.[1] The election took place on August 27, 2013. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote, the top two candidates continued on to a runoff election held on October 8, 2013.[2]

Birmingham City Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherman Collins, Jr. 30.3% 970
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Ragland 27% 862
     Nonpartisan Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. Incumbent 24.4% 780
     Nonpartisan Jerry Tate 18.3% 585
Total Votes 3,197
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 Jerry Tate were reported to the Alabama Secretary of State during his campaign.[3]


Jerry Tate did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

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., all of whom lost their re-election bids.[4] Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.[5]

State 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

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[12][13]

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  1. Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "Updated 2013 Sample Ballot," accessed August 15, 2013
  2. Jeremy Gray, AL.com, "Collins, Ragland in runoff for Birmingham's District 1 school board race (updated)," August 27, 2013
  3. Alabama Secretary of State, "Search FCPA Reports," accessed August 28, 2013
  4. Marie Leech, AL.com, "Three incumbent Birmingham school board members voted out (update)," August 27, 2013
  5. Marissa Mitchell, ABC 3340, "Qualifying candidates for Birmingham mayoral, city council, school board races," July 12, 2013
  6. Sherea Harris and Brianne Britzius, Fox 6 WBRC, "State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday," July 3, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Evan Belanger, AL.com, "Birmingham schools intervention could stretch into fall 2014, education official says," June 27, 2013
  8. Birmingham City Schools, "History of the Birmingham City Schools" accessed July 16, 2013
  9. United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Alabama," accessed August 13, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County Quick Facts," accessed August 13, 2013
  11. Alabama Secretary of State, "Elections Information," accessed August 14, 2013
  12. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  13. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.