Birmingham City Council Needs Leadership For The Future
Hello Fellow Citizen,
Birmingham is at a crossroads and it is time for new leadership. That is why I, Joseph Casper Baker III, am running for Birmingham City Council District 3 on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021. We will be facing many changes in the coming years as we:
- exit the pandemic and deal with the human and economic costs from it,
- deal with the rise of machine automation and its effects on jobs and workforce development,
- continue to grapple with the burdens of nearly a third of the city living below the poverty level,
- and attempt to quell the rise in violent crime in the city.
All of these issues are interconnected, and in order to make any positive headway we have to address them in a holistic manner that recognizes they do not exist in a vacuum. Uneducated and untrained people cannot compete effectively for good paying jobs. Having large numbers of people in that category makes the city uncompetitive for investment and recruitment. People without good paying employment become stressed and that stress can lead to crime, violence, and poor health.
After 20 years of service from our current city councilor, incumbent Valerie Abbott, it is time for the baton to be passed to the next generation. As you have heard time and time again – these are Unprecedented Times. The stakes are too high to fail, to waver, or to remain complacent.
For the last 15 years, I have been heavily involved in many initiatives to improve the community of Birmingham. From working to change the craft beer laws with Free the Hops, to organizing the community to fight development plans we felt diminished the quality of life in our neighborhoods, I have become well versed in the processes of governmental procedures.
As Councilor, I plan to engage all stakeholders, community leaders, non-profits, and concerned citizens in the effort to improve our community. I will continue champion fresh ideas that will prepare us for an uncertain future with determination. I stand ready to help lead us into a brighter future; a future where every citizen is empowered to become their best selves.
Together we can move forward. I believe this because I believe in Birmingham.
Your vote counts, and I would be honored if you would award me your vote.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my campaign,
Joseph Casper Baker III
Joseph Casper Baker III was born in Selma, Alabama and moved to Birmingham in 2002 to attend UAB, where he obtained a B.A. in Philosophy. He is the founder of I Believe in Birmingham and has been involved in numerous efforts of civic activism including serving on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for Birmingham and the One Great Community Council of University of Alabama at Birmingham; as well as involvement in the production of many of our most beloved cultural city's events such as the Magic City Brewfest, Sidewalk Film Festival, Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival, ¡Fiesta!, and more. He runs his own business doing consulting and contracting in Information Technology and Telecommunications. He currently resides in Glen Iris with his wife and their two dogs, two fish, and plethora of houseplants.