Moses was a remarkable guy.
He parted the Red Sea, brought us the Ten Commandments, and delivered the Israelites to the Promised Land.
If you need someone to accomplish a task, Moses’ resume looks pretty good.
However, even if you could convince Moses to run for political office in metro Birmingham, he would be unable to make us competitive.
The elected leader with the largest constituency in our metro area is the Sheriff of Jefferson County. But our Sheriff is not our political leader.
It’s certainly not the Mayor of Birmingham. The Mayor of Birmingham represents only 19% of our metro population.
As Mayor Bell frequently says, “I wasn’t elected Mayor of our Region. I was elected Mayor of Birmingham.”
And if Mayor Bell tried to act like the Mayor of the region he would be voted out of office and be criticized for his megalomania.
Please note there’s no Mayor of Jefferson County—only five commissioners who represent their districts.
There’s no elected official with the constituency or mandate to develop and implement a plan to move our region forward.
Everyone says that metro Birmingham needs strong leadership. There is no position available for that strong leader.
Moses, sorry, there’s no office for you.
Unless we do something about our government structure, we, like the Israelites, are doomed to wander in the desert.
The Israelites eventually reached the Promised Land. We have some work to do.
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).