District one run-off on Tuesday

Published: Oct. 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Challenger Richard Bollinger will tell you there are some things he agrees with councilman Jim Spear on such as the need for more jobs and reduce crime but Bollinger still feels it's time for a change, fresh energy.

Spear is wrapping up his second term on the council.

"We have two new councilmen already and I just think it's time for fresh leadership," said Bollinger who has his own business as an engineer and landsurveyor.

"What he doesn't understand is he's made promises he can't keep. This district seat is only one vote on the council," said Spear who is in the retirement planning business.

District one stretches from the far reaches of east Montgomery to Atlanta Highway and back towards town to Perry Hill and Harrison Roads. The population in district one is around 25,000.

Between the two men Spear and Bollinger will have spent a combined total of around $55,000 on the race.

One immediate concern shared by both men is the voter turnout. It was only 18% in the general election.

The county election center tells WSFA 12 News that's less than the previous two city elections.

Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 in district one.