Many candidates have lined up for the job, and we've managed to cover the announcements of some of the candidates — Emory Anthony, William Bell, Patrick Cooper and Carole Smitherman — that we think have a decent shot at winning.
Our small staff has not had the time to cover many of the other 10 candidates, and I wish we did. If we did, I'd be sure to interview Scott Douglas for a Green Space feature.
Why? Because Douglas' campaign is all about green. The logo on his website says "Green Jobs. Green Schools. Green Transportation. Green Communities." (emphasis in the original). During his campaign announcement in Kelly Ingram Park, Douglas repeated that green mantra a number of times and said he wants "green, sustainable communities with economic development from the bottom up, not trickle down."
Douglas didn't fully explain what he meant by "green" in his announcement, but he has promised to remove his campaign signs as soon as the campaign is over and noted that some signs from the City Council elections (months ago) remain on display.
Douglas has served as Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries since 1992. To read more about his campaign, check out www.douglasformayor.org.
And above all, don't forget to VOTE on Dec. 8! For information on polling locations visit www.informationbirmingham.com and select the "Online Mapping" feature.