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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Another local leader has expressed interest in running for state office. Retiring Huntsville City Administrator, Rex Reynolds, has announced he is considering a run for the District 21 seat in the state house.

Reynolds was born in raised in the district.

"I went to church there, I played ball at the ball field on Oakwood. Actually, one of the fields up there is named after my father," said Reynolds.

Reynolds has served as Huntsville's Chief of Police, Director of the Department of Public Safety, and currently as city administrator.
However, as retirement approaches in January 2014, he's considering representing his home at the state capitol.

"Since 2004 I've worked with political leaders and see the kind of impact they can have. negative and positive," said Reynolds.

Reynolds says he's trying to get in front of every community leader, and citizens group to hear their concerns, before making a final decision. He even posted a picture of the state capital on his Facebook page, hinting at his political aspirations. It garnered more than 300 likes and more than 50 comments of support.

Reynolds says he continues to look for a closed door, but says doors seem to keep on opening. He says so far, he's been met with only overwhelming support.

"I guess it's all about me offering up my 34 years of experience and maybe I can be of some value to the citizens in District 21."

Reynolds says he should be announcing his decision either way within the next few weeks.

WHNT News 19 did reach out to the current District 21 Representative, Jim Patterson.
He says he has nothing but nice things to say about Reynolds, but assures, if Reynolds does choose to run, he intends to give him a run for his money.