Joey Kennedy has a column in the Birmingham News in which he complains that the people of Birmingham are lazy (less then 20% voted last week). Joey's entire point was that Birmingham City elections need to be moved to the same time the mayoral race is:
There is one idea that might help improve voter turnout in city elections. Since turnout for mayoral elections is generally 20 percent higher than in City Council elections, we could put the mayoral and City Council elections on the same cycle. Not only would more people vote, but that also would keep City Council members from chronically sabotaging a mayor's programs because three or four council members plan to run for mayor. If the elections were on the same cycle, a City Council member would have to give up his or her seat to run for the top spot.
What Mr. Kennedy misses in his recommednation is that nobody will vote for poor candidates. Until you have a candidate that can get everyone excited about change (does not matter the district), then election turnout will continue to be low.
When you continue to have candidates like Antwon Womak nobody is going to take Birmingham City politics all that serious.