Most people who watched the mayoral debate on News 5 agree that Dr. Doris Brown thinks a little outside the box. We asked her about some of the issues Sandy Stimpson and Mayor Sam Jones addressed this past week.
She is in the mainstream, thinking crime is a problem, and the Mobile County jail can be a revolving door.
"I like to see the judges and bonding companies work together to see that if people are in, if they're going to be somewhere, if they're going to have 30 days it's 30 days," says Brown.
We also asked her ideas for creating jobs in the port city.
"Well, first of all, in order to do that, the city would need to be a place where people would like to come. Right now there's not enough things to do--there's the school system, we need to improve that--we need to improve our stores, our shops. People that are coming to a city, they want to come to a city and feel, 'I can live in this city.'"
To that end, she has some ideas for attracting folks to Mobile.
"We need to have a hockey team here. We need to have those horse and buggy rides and something for families. There's absolutely nothing downtown," says Brown.
But, to say Brown is a long shot in the mayoral race may be overstating it. A poll earlier this month showed little support for her, less than 1%, and she has raised very little money. But, she insists, she has a chance.
"I think I have 100% chance of winning this race, just like that great race horse Secretariat who I saw, and I talked to that horse back in Louisville. I said, 'You going to win the triple crown? She shook her head--and there's never been a racehorse since Secretariat. So I may be the long race horse because you don't see signs."
News 5 checked the financial statements of all three of the mayoral candidates this past week, and Doris Brown had only raised about $500 for her campaign.