In an unsurprising move, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced Wednesday morning that he’d be seeking a second term in office, with a three-minute video debuted on his campaign website and Facebook page.
In the video, the mayor touts several of the city’s accomplishments since he first took office in 2013.
The announcement, which officially begins the city’s 2017 election cycle, mentions employee raises, new equipment, the scheduled return of Carnival to the Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal and the administration’s work to get the city on “solid financial footing” with a reduction of “$45 million in debt.”
“From the first day as your mayor I recognized Mobile was on the cusp of a bright and promising future,” Stimpson said in the video. “Every day, I renew my commitment to finding ways to improve the quality of life for all Mobilians.”
In the video, Stimpson talks about the city’s “incredible transformation” through an investment in public safety and repairing broken infrastructure, among other things.
In the city’s 2017 fiscal year budget, Stimpson proposed and the council approved across-the-board raises for sworn Mobile Police Department officers and non-paramedic Mobile Fire-Rescue Department personnel below the rank of captain. While the administration has worked with council on creating and managing a capital improvement program, Stimpson was initially opposed to a sales tax increase, which made funds available for it.
Later on in the video, Stimpson touts the administration’s transparency and its push for an honest conversation about race relations. The city, under Stimpson’s guidance, did host several forums on race relations in the city, following the controversial appointment of former Mayor Sam Jones to the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System Board of Commissioners by Councilman Fred Richardson.
Stimpson also touted the city’s attempt to improve the community’s relationship with police officers.
“I’ve personally walked door-to-door with the police chief hearing your concerns and together we’ve improved the relationship between police and all Mobilians,” he said. “I can’t stop until there’s justice. Together, we will become One Mobile.”
The Mobile City Council recently passed an ordinance to create a police review board, following the officer-involved shooting of 19-year-old Michael Moore in June. Stimpson’s administration came out in opposition of the proposal before switching gears and working with councilors on a compromise.
With four more years in office, Stimpson said in the video, the city will continue to improve.
“As we continue to invest in our future the sky is not the limit,” he said. “We are destined to be a great city that is the envy of the state, the region and the country. I’m proud of our momentum, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
No one has announced formal plans to run against Stimpson, but earlier this summer Jones told parishioners at his church he was interested. In his first campaign, Stimpson suggested, if re-elected, he would only serve a maximum of two terms.