Politics & Government
7:31 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Stimpson Unseats Jones in Mobile Mayoral Race

Mobile has a new mayor, but Birmingham voters re-elected the incumbent in municipal elections.

Sandy Stimpson defeated incumbent Mayor Sam Jones in voting Tuesday in Mobile.

   Stimpson carried more than 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent to Jones.

   Stimpson ran with the backing of business groups in a campaign that grew contentious at times.

   Jones has been mayor since 2005, but Stimpson takes over Nov. 5.

   In Birmingham, Mayor William Bell won his first full term as he easily avoided a runoff against a field of four challengers.

   Bell pulled in 74 percent of the vote, and he says his focus now will be improving Birmingham neighborhoods and creating jobs.

   In Tuscaloosa, Mayor Walt Maddox won another term without opposition.