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Rodney Huntley

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Rodney Huntley
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sJefferson State Community College
Bachelor'sFaulkner University
Master'sFaulkner University
Campaign website
Rodney Huntley was a candidate for the vacant District 4 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.


Rodney Huntley resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Huntley earned an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Jefferson State Community College, a B.S. in Human Resources from Faulkner University and an M.S. in Management from Faulkner University.[1] Huntley retired in 2010 after spending 27 years employed by the Alabama Department of Corrections, finishing his career as Warden of the Childersburg Community Work Center/Work Release correctional facility.[2] Huntley ran unsuccessfully for a Birmingham City Council seat in 1998, an Alabama state Senate seat in 2006 and a Birmingham City Council seat again in 2009.[1] He is currently the President of the Maple Grove Neighborhood Association.[3]



See also: Birmingham City School District Elections (2013)

Rodney Huntley unsuccessfully ran for the District 4 seat on the Birmingham City School Board against fellow candidates Daagye Hendricks and Gwen Sykes. The election took place on August 27, 2013. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote, Hendricks and Sykes continued to a runoff election held on October 8, 2013.[4]

Birmingham City Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGwen Sykes 41.3% 1,235
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaagye Hendricks 39.6% 1,185
     Nonpartisan Rodney Huntley 19.1% 570
Total Votes 2,990
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 Rodney Huntley were reported to the Alabama Secretary of State during his campaign.[5]


Rodney Huntley did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Huntley's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

As your School Board Member, I will:

  • 1. Work diligently With the Superintendent on behalf of the public
  • 2. Work with my fellowBoard Members members to promote policies and programs that positively address the concerns and needs of Birmingham City Schools.
  • 3. Work within the School System to ensure that every Child in Birmingham has an opportunity for a quality education and to ensure that every child is considered a valuable asset and is pushed to his/her fullest potential. I will also work with parents to equip them with the resources needed to help them assist their children's growth and development in every area.
  • 4. Work with the Transit System/Birmingham to find ways to build a system that will cynergisticly serve the citizens and students
  • 5. Work with the Neighborhood and Community Associations in their quest for quality of life for their communities. And I will always be available to the associations in my district.
  • 6. Work with other governmental agencies to accomplish joint goals that will be beneficial to all.
  • 7. Always work in the best interest of Birmingham Schools and citizens of Birmingham. And if while doing this work I disagree with my fellow worker, I will do so in a courteous manner.
  • 8. Work with and assist our nonprofit organizations that do so much for our communities.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[6] Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.[9]

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.[10]


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.[11]


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[12]

Racial Demographics, 2012[12]
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[13]
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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.[14] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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