Mobile Mayoral Candidate Dodges News 5's Tough Questions

Mobile Mayoral Candidate Dodges News 5's Tough Questions

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A small group of Sandy Stimpson supporters gathered off Dauphin Island Parkway for their favorite candidate's newest addition to his campaign on Saturday.

"Stop and say hello, and have a chance to meet the new Mayor of Mobile," said a confident Sandy Stimpson, who was on hand for the grand opening of his campaign headquarters on DIP; an area some residents claim has been ignored.

"We have not been recognized as citizens from the last two administrations," said resident Hal Tippins. "We have been starved of basic city services, and have suffered declining property values and people leaving the neighborhood as a result."

Stimpson says his choice to locate his third campaign office in the DIP community was no mistake.

"It ought to be one of the premier areas of Mobile, but its not," said Stimpson. "The very first community action group I attended almost a year ago was at DIP, and they said they'd been neglected, how nobody had ever done anything for them, how their requests and pleas had fallen on deaf ears. I made my mind up I was going to come back and do something about it and show them that this is an important area to the city, and it's an important area to our campaign."

But while Stimpson complained about the current administration's lack of vision for the area, when News 5 asked what his plan was, he really didn't have a clear answer. This was his response:

"Well, you know, when you develop a long-range plan for a community, for the entire area, really it needs to be part of the long-range plan for our region. And right now, the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council is trying to develop a long-range plan for Baldwin and Mobile county. But Mobile itself has to have a long-range plan."

Nevertheless, the mayoral candidate has attracted many supporters from across the city, who believe he is the man for the job.

"When I look for a person that I want to represent me and help my city, I look for someone that I can relate to," said supporter Alexxandria Houze. "I'm all into helping people and community service, and to me, Mr. Stimpson is all about that. He's about my future."

Stimpson is up against incumbent Mayor Sam Jones and a newcomer to the scene - a substitute teacher named Dr. Doris Brown.

The mayor position is considered a full-time job, and comes with an $89,000 salary per year.

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