The stage is set in the race for Mayor of Montgomery. Current Mayor Todd Strange says he's ready for another 4 years. But Montgomery native and long-time politician Artur Davis
says he could do a better job.
"I have really been struggling with this decision, because it's not an easy decision to make because you commit yourself, you commit your family," says Mayor Strange.
His first opponet to enter the race - Artur Davis. "I feel very strongly I have something to offer."
Davis released a video on YouTube, explaining his campaign will focus on three major issues - crime first.
"We've got to get tough on crime, and yes we do have to get tough on the causes of crime. It so happens that I don't think we have enough police officers in Montgomery, we don't have
enough placement of police officers and precincts around the city."
And he's proposing big changes for Montgomery schools. "I'm going to offer voters a very simple deal: elect me mayor, i'm going to take over the county system, make it a city school
system, and we're going to turn these schools around"
Davis believes Montgomery needs a new job source, to bring people back to the city. "We are the one urban center in Alabama that has lost population in the last 3 years."
As for Todd Strange - he says there won't be much of a campaign. He'll let the results of his work over the last 6 years speak for themselves.
"We've got the same budget today in 2015 that we started with in 2009, that we inherited, but we've been able to get some things done."
Strange says Montgomery's seen significant job growth.
"I looked just the other day at 2010, we had 12.5% unemployment. The last report, we were at 5.6%. That means almost 9500 more people are employed today than they were 5 years ago."
And he has a vision for what he'd still like to accomplish.
"Look at neighborhoods and what we can do in neighborhoods, look at minority business development, look at a more extensive paving program
along the way, look at how we can fight crime better with a new police chief we've come on board"
Artur Davis is a former U.S. Representative, one-time democratic candidate for governor - who is now republican. He left politics, and the state of Alabama for several years,
but moved back to Montgomery late last year.
Todd Strange has been in office since march of 2009 - when he won a special election after Bobby Bright was elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives.
The election is scheduled for this August.