Board of Education Contenders and Their Backgrounds – Birmingham Times

In the Board of Education elections on August 24, each of the incumbents has challengers while three of the seats have vacancies.

Districts 1,2,3,4 and 7,8 each has incumbents with challengers while Districts 5,6, and 9 have vacancies. Here’s a look at each candidate for the school board.


Sherman Collins Jr. 

Sherman Collins Jr. Dist. 1, BOE

Age: 48
Residence: Birmingham
Political experience: Elected to Board of Education, 2012; ran for City Council, 2019
Professional experience: Business owner
Civic experience: Member of Masonic Lodge Geometry 410; volunteer coach and mentor at Sun Valley Elementary for past 10 years; recipient of NAACP Outstanding Community Service Award
Education: Graduate of Huffman High, 1992, and Samford University, 1996
Main issues: Emphasizing what direction the board will go and having board members who are not tied to special interest groups and charter schools, and who will speak for the students

Douglas Lee Ragland (Incumbent) 
Age: 64
Residence: Birmingham
Political experience: Ran for District 1 seat in August 2013;