New Prattville mayor talks about future

Tom Gillespie will soon be the new mayor of Prattville.
Tom Gillespie will soon be the new mayor of Prattville.

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - If you live in Prattville, you probably know Bill Gillespie.

His family has owned Gillespie Tire Service downtown since 1964.

"My phone started ringing at 6:45 and it hasn't stopped since," says Gillespie.

The last few days have been a whirlwind with phone calls and folks stopping by the store anxious to congratulate him and wish him well.

"Friends, family, a lot of people I've never met before," adds Gillespie.

But it's his time in this store and 6 years on the city council preparing him for the next step.

"I know the people here, I know a lot of them care and I care for them and I know they care for me. Prattville is very special to me."

And it doesn't hurt to have family in his corner, either.

His mom, Virginia--who opened the tire shop years ago and still works there--couldn't be prouder.

"I know he'll do a good job and I'm proud of the man he's become and I know his father is, too," says Virginia Gillespie.

And with Gillespie on his way to city hall, his son assumes a new position, too.

"He's getting ready to embrace the business more than he might even realize since this opportunity's come up," says Gillespie.

"Trying to fill in his big shoes down here, and taking over, and manage this place and helping customers," says his son, Bobby Gillespie.

Gillespie planned to run for mayor in 2012 and says he never thought he'd be stepping into that role this quickly.

His first goal when he gets to office is to come up with a city budget since he says they're operating without one right now.

Gillespie starts as mayor on Monday.

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