Exclusive: Devyn Keith to challenge Richard Showers for Huntsville City Council District 1 seat

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Lifelong resident Devyn Keith says he is looking to create change in north Huntsville, the area where he grew up by seeking a spot on city council.

Standing in front of his childhood home on Belafonte Avenue Northwest, Keith says he feels compelled to run for office to represent the people he grew up with.

"I find it important to come back to Northwoods or a Lincoln Park, or maybe Butler Terrace or other housing communities because I think we need to get back to bottom up approach — conversing with individuals who are affected the most by what happens at city hall," Keith explained.

"Individuals have stepped in, in moments where I needed them and given me outstretched arms of support," he said. "It's important to get back to that, at the policy level and city government level as well."

He says he wants to narrow the gap between citizens' problems and tangible solutions, with plans based on 'people policy-based platforms.'

He says his upbringing in north Huntsville makes its need for change incredibly personal.

"How can we navigate pragmatic policies to affect people and their problems? How do we cut red tape instead of cutting red ribbons?"

He heavily emphasized the retention of sustainable businesses in north Huntsville.

"We also want to give individuals inside the district an opportunity to create a business that's inclusive to the city, that brings in outside dollars so they can circulate city dollars."

He says he wants north Huntsville to better benefit from surrounding communities, while rebuilding from within.

"The only reason you can get a 'hood' is by taking the 'neighbor' out. Let's bring the neighbor back to recreate our neighborhoods and have a resurgence of District 1."

He says his detailed plan seeks out answers to quality of life issues, crime, sustainable growth, infrastructure, and other topics.

Learn more about Keith's plans on his website.

Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from Samford University and earned his Master of Public Administration degree from The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.