Councilmen-Elect Prepare for New Term

Councilman-Elect Charles Smith is ready to go.

Bowing out last term due to a neck injury, Smith ran unopposed in Montgomery's District Two this year after would-be opponent Tim Head called it quits.

"I recommend it.  It's a great way to run a race," Smith joked.

Now that he'll soon be back at City Hall, Smith says he'll go to right back to work.

"We're working really hard to see what meaningful things we can do in both short term and long term," he explained.

Across town, David Burkette awaits his first term on the City Council.  After ousting incumbent James Knuckles in last month's District Four Runoff election, Burkette knows he'll be able to keep up with the pack.

"I'm looking forward to working with them, and I'm certain that I can adapt," he said.

So, what's on the plate for the next four years?

Smith says crime is a major issue that's plaguing the Capital City.

"I'm very concerned about repeat offenders.  I'm concerned that we demoralize our police officers when we ask them to arrest the same people over and over," Smith explained.

Burkette agrees.  He thinks improving education may prove a remedy to many of Montgomery's problems.

"It will affect the direction of some people who may be headed in the wrong direction," he said.

Regardless of the issue at hand, both men say they're anxious to get started.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke