With nearly a dozen men and women announcing their intentions to run for president in 2020, it recently dawned on me that we’re on the brink of our local political season.
I’m not a professional, political analyst by any stretch, but something tells me Sand Mountain’s incumbent politicians could run the table for another term in 2020.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Saying the mayors and councilmembers of Albertville and Boaz are all primed to win isn’t quite an endorsement, and it’s certainly not a slight toward anyone looking to run for office. It’s just the truth.
Anyone debating a run for office in Albertville is sure to have their hands full. Headlining the administration’s accomplishments is the construction of its $58 million recreation complex that will positively impact not only the city, but the entire county. With the recreation center being one of the biggest developments Marshall County has seen in decades, it’s hard to comprehend why anyone would vote against the mayor and council. They’ve also brought in a plethora of business and industry to the area, and they’ve consistently worked to get streets paved.
The case for Boaz’s government officials is no different. In fact, the case is quite similar.
Once plans for a potential $16 million recreation facility are finalized – which includes an indoor pool that the public has been dying for – and put into motion in the coming weeks, the current administration will only be adding another big item to the sizeable list of notable moves.
A paving plan is already in motion, several restaurants are either setting up shop in Boaz or are on the way, and Old Mill Park – the city’s new park that includes an amphitheater and pirate-themed splash pad – is preparing to open in August.
Everything the administrations of Albertville and Boaz have done, are doing and are working toward is exactly what the people were promised.
One thing that could affect voters’ opinions is the fact that Albertville and Boaz each passed a 1-cent tax increase, even though most were in opposition of a tax increase during campaign season the first time around. But is all the good that came with the increase enough to make people forget about that?
I’m not saying it’s impossible to unseat a mayor or councilmember that has been successful, but unless one simply chooses not to run again, it’s going to be an uphill battle for any opponent.
Taylor Beck is managing editor for The Reporter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.