Artur Davis Considers Running for Montgomery Mayor

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By Ellis Eskew

Former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis is considering running for mayor of Montgomery next year.


Artur Davis is no stranger to Montgomery, and he says if he were elected mayor there are three main issues he would address. The first one is bringing in more high tech jobs.

 "We've got to figure out a way to target high paying jobs and jobs that can really turn family's lives around. We've got to become more competitive for defense industry jobs. We obviously have an incredible jewel in Maxwell Air Force Base. We've got to maximize that," said Davis.

Other issues he wants to address include how to improve public schools in the area and how to make people feel safe again in the city.

When asked about how his party switch would impact the voters' decision, he had this to say:

"Oh, I suspect this race is three times harder now that I'm a Republican and not a Democrat. But you don't pick parties based on which race you're gonna win. The challenges facing this city just aren't partisan challenges," said Davis.

Davis says he was encouraged to come back and consider a run for mayor.
And he says he's ready for this new task.

"I still believe that I can serve. I still believe service is important and from my standpoint what better place to do it than the city that raised me and taught me so much. And what better cause to do it on behalf of than my home town's future."

Davis says he will soon put together an exploratory committee to help raise money and see if this is something he wants to pursue further.