Antwon Womack, candidate for District 6 on the Birmingham Board of Education, said at a news conference this afternoon that he will not drop out of the race after The Birmingham News reported that he lied about his age, education and residence while campaigning.
Womack admitted again today that he lied on both his campaign Web site and his Facebook page, which he also uses to campaign, by claiming he was 23 years old, graduated from West End High School in 2005 and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Alabama A&M in 2009.
Records indicate Womack is 21 years old and dropped out of Wenonah High School in 2004 as a freshman. Student record databases at Alabama A&M show Womack was never a student at the university.
“I have been told not to drop out of the race,” Womack said, but declined to say who told him that. “I apologize to District 6 voters for this. … This here is not the end of the world.”
When confronted with the discrepancies Monday, Womack admitted the embellishments and said he wanted to make himself look older and more dignified so voters would take him more seriously. At that time, he also admitted he didn’t live in Birmingham’s District 6, and said he instead lived in Fairfield.
Today, he said he did indeed live in Birmingham’s District 6.
I am telling you, this kid has got a promising career in Birmingham politics. He can’t be any worse than the current mayor of Birmingham:
An investment banker pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, the second co-defendant to admit funneling cash and gifts to Langford in exchange for $7.1 million in bond business.
Reactionary at Flashpoint did some more digging on Dr. Mr. Womack and the story only gets better.