Rice interviews for vacant Birmingham City Council seat

(Birmingham, AL) – The great Muhammad Ali best described a goal we should all attempt to achieve when he said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” A total of 32 people applied to fill several vacant Birmingham City Council seats. Birmingham Public Interest Attorney Richard Rice applied for the District 6 seat vacated by Sheila Tyson when she won a spot on the Jefferson County Commission. Rice attended a scheduled meeting with current City Council members. Each candidate was given one minute to explain why he or she should be selected for the position. The council did not ask questions.

“Unfortunately, I was not selected to move on to the second round of interviews,” Rice said. “It was a very unique situation and experience. I am proud that I did not change up my beliefs or actions to fit an expected mold,” he added. The appointed representatives will serve until the next citywide election, a date for which has not yet been determined.

“I am prepared to continue my work as a Public Interest Attorney. There are so many important issues to be addressed like the pollution and corruption facing residents of North Birmingham and Tarrant, the proposed demolition of Southtown Public Housing Community, addressing violence in our city, or the ongoing movement to achieve Justice for EJ. I will be at the center and forefront of the fight for social and restorative justice for our communities. Thank you for your continued support.”