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Ballot set for Montgomery municipal election

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The ballot is set for Montgomery’s municipal election in August.

Tuesday marked the final day to qualify for the mayoral and city council races. The field is crowded, and the mayoral race is flush with cash and controversy over the candidates records.

While the messages are mixed, professionals who watch the races closely say the election boils down to one set of issues.

“They need to control economics, jobs and crimes," economist Dr. Kevian Deravi explained. “They all intertwine and move together.”

Deravi says the corner office at City Hall only has so much power. As for revitalizing the west side, and coming down hard on crime, the mayor’s involvement is limited.  

“A public figure can only redirect private funds," Deravi explained. “And private funds are only interested in rate of return. If the rate of return is out east, then that’s where business will go.”

Artur Davis and Todd Strange are the top two fundraisers in the race, for now.

According to their last monthly financial campaign reports, combined both candidates have more than $200,000 in the bank after last month’s expenses.

The contributions will only ramp up in the final and most important leg of the race as those who are dedicated to the candidate’s causes will foot the bill to get their message out.

You can expect to see more ads on air and online, as spending will hit an all time high in the final four weeks of the campaign, still spending with the notion of a possible runoff.  

Deravi says campaign contributions can be revealing by who is supporting each candidate.  

“If they have money to spend, that indicates there’s interest in the race. No one wants to bet on a losing horse. If both candidates have cash, that means something interesting is going on, they are divided on issues and support," Deravi explained.

Tuesday candidates running for mayor and city council will begin filing weekly campaign finance reports.  The election is set for Aug. 25. Below is a look at the candidates who qualified.

Mayor:

  • Incumbent Todd Strange
  • State school board member Ella Bell
  • Political newcomer Buena Browder 
  • Former congressman Artur Davis
  • County commissioner Daniel Harris

Council District One:

  • Tijuanna Adetunji
  • Richard N. Bollinger
  • Hobson Cox
  • Robert C. Lowry

Council District Two:

  • Thomas Bass
  • Renee Anne Casillas
  • Joseph "Bud" Epps
  • William E. Holliday Jr.
  • Brantley Lyons
  • Ian Maloy

Council District Three:

  • Tracy Larkin
  • Montaski McCoy
  • Ron Sanders

Council District Four:

  • William Boyd
  • Jamel Brown
  • James Brown Jr.
  • David Burkette
  • Cedric Coley
  • Terance "Watchdog" Dawson
  • KK Middleton

Council District Five:

  • Cornelius "CC" Calhoun
  • William A. Green Jr.
  • Phyllis Harvey-Hall
  • Tashina Morris

Council District Six:

  • Fred F. Bell
  • Jon Dow
  • Jimmy Harris
  • Oronde K. Mitchell
  • Erick Wright

Council District Seven:

  • George A. Childress
  • Karen Jones
  • Arch M. Lee
  • Horace L. McCoy

Council District Eight:

  • Glen O. Pruitt Jr.

Council District Nine:

  • Charles W. Jinright

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