Tab Bowling wins Decatur mayoral race

DECATUR, Ala. - A big change in the River City,  where residents will have a new mayor.

In the runoff election, challenger Tab Bowling defeated incumbent Don Kyle. Bowling received 75% percent of the vote.

"If anything disappoints me at all, it's the low turnout, the appearance that not that many people are interested in municipal government elections," said Mayor Kyle.

He plans to leave with no regrets, confident that he left the city in better shape than he'd found it. But for now, he looks forward to traveling and spending time with his grandkids.

"I won't lay around and rest," he said. "I'll take a break, but I'll be around."

Meanwhile, Bowling held a lively watch party at the Magnolia Room downtown, and already has his to-do list ready.

"First thing I want to do is meet with our department heads, get a state of the city, and then we have a jobs program that we want to get kicked off," he said.

Though the numbers are spread, Mayor Kyle and Bowling had nice things to say about each other.

"Mr. Bowling ran a heck of ground campaign, he had a good young group of folks working with him and you can't take that away from him at all," said the mayor.

"We want to recognize Mayor Don Kyle for his service to the city," said Bowling. "There's nothing easy about this job. We want to say thank you to him."

Bowling will start his four-year term on November 7.