Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant has announced that he will run for another term as Mayor of Fairhope.
Kant, a 1973 Fairhope High School graduate was first elected as Mayor in 2000, and 18 years prior he worked as the first horticulturist hired in the state of Alabama and Public Works Director for the City of Fairhope. In June, Kant was personally honored with the coveted Urban Beautification award from the American Horticulture Society (AHS), one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the United States with a mission of promoting excellence in American horticulture.
“As mayor, I am most proud of the volunteers that work on City committees, as they make things happen, Fairhope’s success is due to the dedicated and loyal employees that work with our citizens to make Fairhope a great place to live,” Kant said. “While maintaining a high quality of life for our residents and managing growth, it is time to implement procedures and ordinances to preserve our downtown area.”
Under Kant’s leadership, the City of Fairhope has received many recognitions: Money Magazine named Fairhope the Best Place to Retire, Family Circle named Fairhope as one of the top Family Friendly places in the country, and Alabama Policy Institute named Fairhope as the top Business-Friendly City in Alabama. Fairhope also placed first in last year’s “America in Bloom” competition.
Kant looks forward to seeing the increase in recreational programing with the opening of the Fairhope Soccer Complex and the six hydro courts at the Stimpson Tennis Center, preserving the 100 acre natural parkland acquired by the City of Fairhope for recreational use, and supporting the performing arts effort with a performing arts center and is excited that the Fairhope Community Park and Splash Pad is accessible for all children to play.
Kant is a graduate of Auburn University. Additionally, he is a member of the Fairhope Kiwanis Club, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority Board, South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, Chairman of the Baldwin County Metropolitan Planning Organization and St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Kant and his wife Karla have two adult daughters, Kari and Krista, who are both graduates of Fairhope High School and Spring Hill College.
Fairhope municipal elections will be Aug. 23 at the Fairhope Civic Center.