Lawyer Warren “Billy” Young announced Tuesday he is running for Selma City Council President.
Young is a Selma resident and assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama. He previously worked for the state Department of Revenue and Selma City Schools.
In a video on YouTube, Young says he wants to take Selma higher.
“I truly believe we can go higher together,” Young said. “I promise to do the very best I can possibly do in the best interest of Selma, Alabama.”
Young says he is qualified and has years of service to city.
“I believe in city and in you,” he said. “Our best days are yet to come. It’s time to go in the right direction. Together let’s go higher.”
Young joins announced candidates Lydia Chatmon and Wil Jackson seeking the presidency. Incumbent Corey Bowie has not yet said if he is running for re-election.
Billy was born and reared by an educator and civil rights activist. Currently, Young is a tax attorney and serves the community through church, charitable causes, nonprofit boards and other civic organizations, according to a press release.
He keeps busy while serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board at the Historic First Baptist Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Southern Region Board of Directors, President of Delta Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Vice- President of the Chesterfield Club, and Charter President of the 100 Black Men of Selma, Inc. He also serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Selma/Dallas County YMCA, Vice Chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee, and serves as the Vice- Chairman of the Selma Downtown Redevelopment Board.
He was a burgeoning student leader in the Selma City Schools from kindergarten to 12th grade ultimately graduating from Selma High School. After high school, he continued to demonstrate academic promise by attending and graduating from the University of Alabama where he served as president of his fraternity, a member of student government, and an inductee of several honor societies.
Young attended the University of Alabama and returned to Selma to teach at Selma High School. He later went back to law school and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Young credits his strong upbringing in Selma and support system for guiding him to successfully strive for success.
“It is not lost on me, the investments that the people of Selma have made in me my entire life,” Young said in a statement. “Living and growing up in Selma has been a blessing, and I want to express my gratitude by offering my services to our extraordinary community. That is why I am asking the great citizens of Selma for their trusted vote as I run to be the next President of the Selma City Council. Let’s go higher together!”