MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — The Mobile municipal election is a month away and on top of the ballot is the race for mayor. Three candidates are vying for the seat. They are incumbent Mayor Sam Jones, businessman Sandy Stimpson and educator Dr. Doris Brown.
FOX10 News is giving you the chance to hear from the candidates. Sandy Stimpson is first up on Monday, July 22.
On the topic of crime in Mobile, Stimpson believes residents do not feel safe in their own homes or on the streets. He believes change starts at the top in the mayor’s office.
Stimpson says the police department lacks the proper resources and equipment needed to do their job well. He adds police officers have not had a raise and may feel left behind by the administration.
Stimpson says the city of Mobile has the potential for more economic growth. He says right now, Alabama is lagging behind the rest of the nation and Mobile is poised to develop.
However, Stimpson says the city cannot improve without allowing small businesses to flourish. He says small businesses are just as important as big corporations when it comes to jobs and small businesses have been held back by red tape at city hall.
Stimpson says the success of small businesses will also encourage population growth within the city limits.