HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Huntsville city councilman is jumping back into the political arena.
Glenn Watson left the public eye after stepping down at Huntsville City Hall in 2008, but now he’s announcing a run for Madison County Tax Collector. The ex-councilman and founder of Stanlieo’s Sub Villa says his 42-year track record as a small business owner is exactly the kind of experience the tax collector’s office needs.
“To be honest, I have so much energy, I was wasting it,” said Watson. “I know how to run a business, and basically that [tax collector's office] is a business.”
Watson told WHNT News 19 he will run in the Republican primary in June, with the winner likely facing Democrat and current Madison County Tax Collector Lynda Hall in November’s general election. Watson said he has nothing bad to say about Hall’s performance, but insisted he’s a better fit for the job.
“I won’t discuss what has been done, I’ll discuss what will be done when I get in there,” said Watson. “I’ll be making sure every penny brought into the tax collector’s office is publicized to the public and where it’s going to the public.”
Glenn Watson stepped down from his city council seat in 2008 after twelve years of service, and made an unsuccessful run for the Alabama Legislature shortly after. He lists the UAH walkway bridge over University Drive and his push to successfully repeal the Sunday “blue laws” on alcohol sales in Huntsville as some of his notable accomplishments as a councilman.
Watson said he will turn in his paperwork and qualifying fee to the Republican Party on Saturday. No other candidates have announced their intention to run for tax collector at this time.