MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - She’s helmed the popular Facebook group “City Watch Uncut - Montgomery” as it’s grown to more than 50,000 followers. Now, she wants to helm the actual City of Montgomery.
Shannon Ferrari is the latest candidate to announce intentions to run for the seat Mayor Todd Strange will soon vacate. Her platform? Crime and education.
A lifelong resident of the capital city and a 1992 Jeff Davis High School graduate, Ferrari said her hometown “is in a very delicate state.” She thinks Strange’s administration has succeeded in areas like growth, but she believes “to sustain this growth we must get crime under control and fix our school system."
Ferrari manages an apartment complex and says she’s an ambassador to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. But as the creator of Uncut, she thinks she’s taken her first steps toward becoming mayor by bringing about more awareness to the city’s crime issues.
Ferrari reaches back beyond the Strange administration to the tenure of another mayor she wants to channel if she gets the job.
“I remember listening to [Emory] Mayor Folmar on the radio as I drove to high school many mornings,” she said. "I liked the way he interacted with the community. I want to lead Montgomery in a similar way.”
Folmar was mayor from 1977 to 1999.
The candidate said she wants to add more police officers to the streets as well as more substations.
“We currently do not have peace here in Montgomery. I want to be part of the movement that takes Montgomery back and restores it to a peaceful state,” she said.
Qualifying is between July 2-16 and the election is set for Aug. 27.