Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid did not avoid a runoff in yesterday's mayoral election. He won the most votes with 32 percent, but he will face City Councilwoman Carole Smitherman next month. Smitherman won 23 percent of the ballots. Polls showed Kincaid as the strongest candidate in the field of 18 contenders, but the large number made it unlikely anyone would win more than 50 percent of the vote. Kincaid and Smitherman will hold a runoff election November fourth.
Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright easily won a second term in office yesterday. Montgomery voters re-elected Bright with 61 percent of the vote. The closest of five challengers received 31 percent. Bright used his first term to begin revitalizing Montgomery's downtown riverfront area. Part of that effort includes a new 26 million-dollar baseball stadium. Bright says he will continue making plans to improve the area.
Birmingham, AL – Birmingham and Montgomery are holding mayoral elections today. Polls show Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid leads his race, but he may have to face one of his competitors in a run-off. There are 18 candidates campaigning for the office. In Montgomery, Mayor Bobby Bright is expected to win another term without a runoff. A recent poll shows Bright could receive as much as 60 percent of the vote. There are six candidates in the Montgomery mayoral race.