Voters elect new mayor in Birmingham, replacing William Bell

Voters elect new mayor in Birmingham, replacing William Bell

October 5th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's most populous city has a new mayor.

Voters in the Birmingham mayor's race on Tuesday elected challenger Randall Woodfin over incumbent William Bell by a wide margin. reports that 36-year-old Woodfin will be the youngest Birmingham mayor in the city's modern history. Woodfin is the youngest mayor since David Fox took office in 1893.

"I get to be a part of a storied history of Birmingham," Woodfin told prior to giving his victory speech. "Let's not forget that anytime our city has been on the brink of change, anytime there has been a revolution in our city, it has always been led by young people."

News organizations report that Woodfin got 58 percent of the votes over Bell's 41 percent, and that Bell conceded the race around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"The people spoke. At the end of the day, the people choose the type of leadership that they feel is in their best interest, and obviously they felt that my opponent had a stronger message ... and that's just the way it goes," Bell told reporters following a speech to supporters.

Provisional ballots will be counted and election results certified on Oct. 10.

Bell had served as mayor since 2010.

Bell's staff said the new mayor will take office on Nov. 28.