MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Candidates in Montgomery's mayoral race are kicking it into high gear, promoting their agenda to voters across the city. With just a week left before the election WSFA 12 News is profiling each candidate and his plan for the capital city.
For Jon Dow it's an upbeat day on the campaign trail, meeting and greeting Montgomery's residents in a place that once generated customers and revenue for the city.
Dow was at the old Sears building on Court Street Tuesday, "...Now after 20, almost 30 years, it still lies dormant, it still lies unfurbished... it's become an eyesore in the community and no effort has been made to reinvest..." he said.
Reinvesting in Montgomery is Dow's campaign cornerstone, not only shining a light on the crumbling shells of what once drove the city's retail sector but also on rebuilding the city's economic structure.
"If we look at the surrounding cities of Prattville and Millbrook and Wetumpka, we see that their revenue is coming from somewhere, that their surplus and city sales is coming from somewhere..." Dow explained. "What we have to do is market ourselves to be just as competitive as they are."
His marketing strategy: slicing sales taxes to 8.5 percent to encourage businesses and customers to come back to Montgomery.
He says Montgomery's biggest problem is its school system and as mayor Dow promises to comb over the city's budget to free up extra funds for the school system.
"I don't think we've really invested enough time and creative energy to find ways of securing funds to make our school systems better..."
Dow says he's building support to restore and restructure the capital city.
Five other men's names are on the ballot alongside Dow's.