Mongtgomery Mayor's Race a Year Away


By Ellis Eskew

Montgomery voters will go to the polls next year to vote on the next mayor.
Montgomery mayor Todd Strange says he's still undecided about another term.

"It has a lot to do with what my health is and how our family is, has to do with issues that are confronting us. There are things we have done over the last four years that we have started it would be neat to see those come to fruition," said Strange.

And Mayor Strange does have some supporters who say they hope he will run again.

"I have no problem with mayor Strange. I think he's done a really good job. Done a lot of stuff around the city," said Reginald Patterson.

Kyle Johnson says, "he has struck an alliance with Elton Dean on the county commission. The two of them seem to be working really well together to represent all the groups in the city. I don't think we can do any better than our current mayor," said Johnson.

But some say it's time for a change.

"All political offices should have a term limit. And so I think he's done a good job. But I think it's time to put somebody else in. Let somebody else have a try," said Henry Howard.

Two other candidates considering a run for mayor are police chief Kevin Murphy and former Congressman Artur Davis.

Some tell us they don't care who the mayor is, just as long as Montgomery's issues are being addressed.

 "The crime could go down a lot. I live over on South Panama and pulling out of my driveway I heard a gunshot. So... It's ridiculous," said Brandi Everett.

"Another thing I'd like to see throughout the city is like more help groups for youth. There are a lot of youth in the city that are like doing nothing with their life. But basically we need guidance," said 17 year old Eric Stinson.

Mayor Strange says he will decide late February/ early March.

Kevin Murphy says he will decide early next year.

Artur Davis says he has mailed in his filing documents to the probate judge so he can officially begin his campaign.


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