10:55am

Wed December 9, 2009
WVAS Local

Runoff set in Birmingham mayoral election

Birmingham, AL – - An Ivy League lawyer and a county
commissioner will meet in a runoff to replace ousted Birmingham
mayor Larry Langford.
Yale University-educated Patrick Cooper and Jefferson County
Commissioner William Bell were the top vote-getters in a special
election among 13 candidates. The race included two City Council
members and several colorful newcomers.
With all but one box reporting Tuesday night, unofficial returns
showed Cooper with 13,992 votes, or 40 percent, to Bell's 8,752
votes, or 25 percent.
The third-place finisher, City Councilwoman Carole Smitherman,
trailed badly.
The runoff is Jan. 19.
Langford was convicted on multiple federal charges in a bribery
scheme in October and automatically removed from office.