Simmons makes mayoral run official announcement

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery businessman Scott Simmons made it official Thursday throwing his hat into the ring to be the next mayor of Montgomery.

"What I'd like to do is put a police substation at Montgomery Mall," he said at his announcement. "I'd like to turn around from a 6 percent sales tax at the mall with the county and the city, but we can get that done. What we'll do is draw people into the city of Montgomery," he continued.

Simmons is also making plans to create safer neighborhoods, work on a more vibrant downtown and build stronger schools.

He's joined in the special election by candidates Todd Strange, Michael Briddell, Jamel Brown, Jon Dow and Willie Cook at this moment.

WSFA 12 News will spotlight each of the candidates in the coming days.