In September 1928, Rep. Birmingham faced a tough renomination fight for his Ward 22 seat from Paul R. Rowen (Boston Globe, Sept. 19, 1928, p. 4).
Birmingham won 2,963 votes to Rowen’s 2,301 and Thomas H. McVey's 293 votes.
The Boston Globe described the contest as “one of the bitterest fights the district has ever known,” but provided no additional details.
The contest for the other Brighton district, Ward 21, was won by incumbent Martin Hayes. He won the nomination by only 150 votes. His opposition, Harold J. Oppenheim, was backed by Governor Fuller.
The paper explained that the nomination in each district was equivalent to the election.
Birmingham put on a “great victory parade” soon after he was declared the winner.