Three Madison City Council members say they’re fed up, won’t seek re-election

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)-- Three Madison City Council members are calling for new blood in the council, but also in the mayor's office.  Council members Tim Holcombe, Ronica Ondocsin, and Mike Potter said Wednesday they will not seek re-election for a council seat.

It's no secret Mayor Troy Trulock and some council members butt heads on issues that affect the city. We've already reported on their fight about a lack of communication before passing the 2016 budget. It continued with city manager possibilities, and then over the Donald Trump rally costs to the city of Madison.

"We've had a communication problem, and I've talked about that constantly since I've been in office," said Potter. "And it hasn't gotten better... He doesn't talk to us, he doesn't collaborate with us, he doesn't lead us, he doesn't communicate with us. And I'm not going to put up with it."

Council members say the problem goes beyond healthy disagreement for the sake of democracy, and that's the chief reason for their decision.

"A number of things have come and gone and we just didn't know anything about it," said Holcombe. "It's frustrating when you're totally shut out of negotiations and things that are going on in the city, particularly when we're the ones who have to vote on it."

The group of council members is standing together for change. Even if it means they're not a part of the council they've been proud to be a part of.

"Very little feedback from him. And if that's the way he wants to be the mayor of the city, I'm not going to be there," said Potter.

We asked if they consider this an extreme decision based on some internal squabbling. Potter said it's something they've actually weighed out and spent time deciding. He's more emotional than he expected.

"It hurts me," he said, pausing. "I don't want to give up. But I'm not going to put my family through this for four more years."

We asked Mayor Troy Trulock to comment on their allegations. He said,

"He is proud to be running for a second term as Mayor of Madison, and blessed to have an opportunity to serve the city and the citizens of Madison."

He did, however, point out strong opposition to incumbents in many of the upcoming city council races. But Holcombe maintains they aren't doing this because they're afraid of losing.

"I hope some fresh personnel can revive some life into the city, and move things forward as they ought to be," he said.

Holcombe, Potter, and Ondocsin say they are not doing this because they are seeking another political office.

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