The race that will determine the city of Madison's next mayor is now a competitive one.
Local business executive Don Palmer announced his candidacy on Sunday, meaning Madison voters will now have at least two candidates to choose from in August's municipal election.
Palmer said he has helped launch airlines and handled multi-million dollar budgets as a global logistics manager. The New Hampshire transplant has lived in Madison since 2000, when he was hired to run the International Intermodal Center at Huntsville International Airport.
Palmer listed Madison's financial health as the race's top issue, an area he said is a natural fit with his CEO background.
"I believe that I can fill the bill," said Palmer, who also served four years on the Industrial Development Board of Madison. "I have exercised leadership in these roles, to be able to move things forward, bring money in, and turn things around."
Retired Army Lt. Colonel Troy Trulock announced his candidacy for mayor last November. Other entries to the race are still possible due to the July filing deadline.
Outgoing Mayor Paul Finley decided not to run for re-election, and is not expected to make an endorsement in the race.