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Erskine Simmons

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Erskine Simmons
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Member, Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, District 7
Term ends
November 2013
Years in position 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
First electedAugust 25, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sUniversity of Phoenix
ProfessionProduction manager
Office website
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Erskine Simmons currently represents District 7 of the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education. He was first elected to the seat in 2009 and defeated Renwick Jones in the August 27, 2013 general election. Simmons ran on a platform promoting accountability, responsibility and change.


Simmons earned his Associate's degree in Business from University of Phoenix. He also attended Alabama A&M University. Simmons has worked as a warehouse manager for JIT Services and a restaurant manager. He currently works as a production manager for ARD Logistics Alabama LLC.[1]



See also: Tuscaloosa City School District elections (2013)

Simmons won re-election to the District 7 seat on the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. He was opposed by challenger Renwick Jones in the August 27, 2013 general election.

Tuscaloosa Board of Education District 7, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngErskine Simmons Incumbent 64.1% 688
     Nonpartisan Renwick Jones 35.9% 385
Total Votes 1,073
Source: Fox 6 News These results are unofficial.


Simmons first won election to the District 7 position on the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education in the August 25, 2009 election without opposition.

Campaign themes


Simmons's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2013 campaign:[2]

"Our system has made several strides over the last few years. Even through the tragedies of the storm, our system has been made stronger, safer, and better than ever before. We have added 21 pre-k classrooms, extended our social services for parents and students, and hired specialists in reading and math. Expulsions and disciplinary problems have continued to decrease through our nationally recognized HELP, HALT, STARS and Success Prep programs."

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

About the district

See also: Tuscaloosa City Schools, Alabama
Tuscaloosa City Schools is located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Tuscaloosa City Schools is located in Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa is located northwest of the state capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 Census, Tuscaloosa is home to 90,898 residents.[3]


Tuscaloosa lags behind the rest of Alabama based on median household income and persons below the poverty level but outperforms the state average in high school graduation rates. The median household income for Tuscaloosa is $34,359 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Tuscaloosa is 29.6% while it is 17.3% for the state of Alabama. 85.3% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 81.9% of Alabama residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 32.7% of Tuscaloosa residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 22% for the state of Alabama.

2010 Census Data for Tuscaloosa, Alabama[3]
Race Tuscaloosa State of Alabama
White 53.8% 68.5%
Black or African American 41.5% 26.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 0.6%
Asian 1.8% 1.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1%
Two or more race 1.1% 1.5%
Hispanic or Latino 3.0% 3.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 52.6% 67%

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