Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin won the seat for Jefferson County Commission's District 5 on Tuesday's special election, maintaining the conservative majority on the five-person commission.
Once the votes were tallied, the unofficial results showed Bolin winning 59% of the vote to David Silverstein's 41%.
Former Jefferson County commissioner Steve Ammons announced in May he would be stepping down to become the Birmingham Business Alliance CEO.
Ammons' resignation left two Republicans and two Democrats on the commission. Residents of Ammons' District 5 — comprised of Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Hoover — took to the polls on Tuesday to choose his replacement.
Unlike regular elections for the Jefferson County Commission, candidates in the special election will not have a political party by their name.
However, Bolin is a self-proclaimed conservative Republican.
His opponent, David Silverstein, branded himself a nonpartisan candidate but donated over $130,000 to Democrats like former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham).
Jones endorsed Silverstein for the position. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin also endorsed Silverstein.
"Thank you to the great people of Jefferson County's District 5 for entrusting me with this opportunity to represent you as your County Commissioner," Bolin said in a comment to 1819 News. "My family and I have been overwhelmed by support over the last few weeks and felt the impact of each prayer personally. We are proud to serve Jefferson County, and we're ready to get to work!"
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