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Sandy Stimpson running for mayor

By Rob Holbert

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

 

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Prominent Mobile businessman Sandy Stimpson has verified he will indeed run for mayor in 2013.

Stimpson says he told those close to him Friday morning of his decision to seek the mayor’s office and that he intends to file papers later in the day that will make it official. 


"I met with my family and friends this morning and told them I would be a candidate, that I am running for mayor,” Stimpson told Lagniappe.

Asked why he had decided to throw his hat in the ring, Stimpson replied, "I can’t stand to sit on the sidelines any longer.”

While this represents Stimpson’s first run for public office, he has been involved in local business and community development for many years. Stimpson is currently the executive vice-president of ScotchGulf Lumber Company, where he has worked since 1975. He has served as past chairman of the Business Council of Alabama and past chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also currently chairman for Prichard Preparatory Academy.

Stimpson is the second person to publicly declare they will run against two-term mayor Sam Jones in next August’s election. The other is Dr. Doris Brown. Stimpson certainly would immediately be the most likely of the two to present a formidable challenge to Jones’ stated intentions to serve a third term.

Jones defeated former District 7 City Councilman John Peavy to win initial election to the office in 2005 and was unopposed in 2009.






 
jeremiah says:

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
1:11 PM
  It is wonderful to hear of a viable candidate to replace the absolutely awful Mayor Sam Jones. Mobile has had a precipitous decline under the poor leadership of the current Mayor. We certainly hope he will be forced into retirement in 2013.
 
 
Howell Lee says:

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
12:53 PM
  Good man, great family! I may move home just to help with his campaign, thanks for putting yourself out there for public service!
Howell Lee
 

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What should be Mayor-elect Stimpson's top priority?

Examining the budget.
Evaluating city employees.
Addressing public safety issues.
Improving infrastructure.
Free fish plates.

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