Lanny Edward Jackson
Raised in Southside of Bessemer Housing Projects, Lanny attended Hard Elementary and Junior High School. He also attended J.S. Abrams High School, graduating in 1972. Lanny enlisted in the United States Army in 1972 and served his country for 21 years, retiring in 1993 as a First Sergeant/E-8.
Lanny received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Miles College in 2000 and an Associate's Degree in General Education from Troy University. Throughout Lanny's army and civilian career, he mastered training in administration and leadership courses. Lanny is currently employed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He has been married to his wife Carolyn for 44 years and they have two adult sons and seven granddaughters with the oldest living in Atlanta, GA.
Lanny has lived and traveled throughout the United States and the world. In addition, three years as a resident of Hawaii, the most diverse state in the US. When it comes to community, Lanny is a Master Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner.
Why Am I Running For Mayor of Birmingham?
After decades of stagnation, it is time to move this city forward. The city has done a poor job increasing diversity and I am running to transform this city into an international city where all race of people are welcomed, economic development in all areas of the city, decrease crime and partner with colleges and universities and state and federal agencies to implement programs so that this city can compete with other cities in the US. I strongly believe that leadership is a process of influence to achieve certain goals or missions. I am running as Mayor of Birmingham to fill that leadership void that has been missing for a very long time.My Campaign Video
Global Economic Development
Change the culture from black and white to a diverse and inclusive community. People want to feel welcomed and things such as the giant confederate flags run potential businesses away; not only from Birmingham, but the state as well. The city has to move away from these issues which cause businesses to look elsewhere. It is crucial that we change the culture in Birmingham.
Reinventing the City's Image
My plan is for Birmingham to communicate throughout the United States and the world through 21st century communications. A more informative website and social media platforms designed to educate and showcase the physical attractiveness of the city, railroad accessibility, and access to major highways. Yes, we understand that Birmingham has issues with crime and previous administrations allowed various media outlets to publicly advertise crime in the city. This must stop!
Strategic Regional Transportation
We must reform our transportation system in the city and it will take all levels of government to make this happen. Our transportation system is obsolete and operates like transportation of the 20th century. Our International Airport operates like a municipal airport and we must change the way our transportation system operates.