Fairhope City Council President Jack Burrell officially announced his candidacy for re-election to the Fairhope City Council in its Place 1 seat.

Jack Burrell.

Jack Burrell.

Burrell, 51, is an aerospace engineer and businessman who works as a contractor for the U.S. Army Research and Development Center designing and analyzing various military hardware. He was elected to his first term as a Councilman in 2012.

Burrell was subsequently voted Fairhope City Council President by fellow Council members at his first meeting in 2012, a position he continues today.

Burrell said he has accomplished all of the goals he established prior to being elected. According Burrell, his goals were a reduction in the city’s total debt of more than 30 percent, live streaming video and video archiving of council and Fairhope Planning Commission meetings, working together with other council members and city staff to create a sense of unity within the city, and working on Gov. Bentley’s Coastal Insurance Work Group to find solutions to lower the cost of wind insurance for all residents.

If re-elected, Burrell promises to continue the aggressive debt reduction he has championed, freeing up needed funds for capital improvement projects, while continuing to strive to maintain the unique ambiance of Fairhope by preserving and enhancing the beauty, tranquility and quality of life that make Fairhope one of the most special places on Earth.

Burrell also serves on the Fairhope Airport Authority, the Fairhope Industrial Board, the Fairhope Sister Cities Committee, and the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization. Burrell can frequently be seen attending various City Council appointed committee meetings to stay on top of the citizens desires and needs. Burrell is a member of the Fairhope Pirate Booster Club and volunteers his time as part of the Pirate Nation Live Broadcast team providing commentary on Fairhope High School football and basketball games.

He was named by the City of Fairhope as its “Volunteer of the Year” in 2009 and has twice been elected President of the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Board of Directors. Burrell is a member of the Senior Bowl Committee, Eastern Shore Sertoma Club, Coastal Conservation Association, Baldwin Trailblazers, and is a past board member of the Baldwin County United Way, as well as past Area and District Chairman for Ducks Unlimited. Burrell is an active member of Fairhope United Methodist Church and for many years, coached in the Fairhope Youth Baseball League.

He and his wife of 21 years, Patti, have two children, Lauren, and Jack, Jr., who attend Fairhope High School. Burrell’s campaign will host a kick-off event at the American Legion on South Mobile Street Sunday, June 26, from 4-7 p.m.

For more information on Jack Burrell and his campaign, please visit www.JackForFairhope.com, or “Jack For Fairhope” on Facebook.