Madison councilman speaks out about Paul Finley announcement

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MADISON, Ala. -  It's a race that impacts more than just one city. One more contender entered the race for Madison mayor this week, but it's not his first time.

Former Madison Mayor Paul Finley announced his candidacy Wednesday night and current council members are responding.

Madison City Councilman Mike Potter says even on different teams, he's always gotten along with Finley.

"I've worked with and against him. When Paul ran for office I worked for another campaign so I've butted heads with Paul, but I also worked with Paul on Madison first. We had a very good working relationship," said Potter.

Potter points out there are some thing the next Mayor needs to keep in mind -- some things he says didn't happen under Mayor Trulock.

"I've expressed during my tenure especially over the last year, year and a half, that we have severe communication problems between the Mayor and the city council. In my view the Mayor just doesn't believe in collaborative government. If there's too many people involved, he thinks there are too many cooks in the kitchen."

Potter says there's one thing you won't have to worry about with Paul Finley. "You'll know what he's thinking! Because he was that way when he was in office for four years. You might not agree with him, but you know what he's thinking and that is good for council," said Potter.

Mayor Tommy Battle says Huntsville has had a good working relationship with both Paul Finley and current Mayor Troy Trulock. "Madison is a great sister city for the city of Huntsville so we have committed from day one to working with Madison and we'll continue that," said Battle.

Paul Finley will host his campaign kickoff on Saturday, July 9th at 10 am at the downtown gazebo.