Jeremy Goforth enters race for mayor of Decatur

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) -  Friday, blue shirts dotted the fields of City View Farm, the back of the shirts read 'Together We Goforth.'

Jeremy Goforth, owner of Decatur Athletic Club, says his hometown needs a new vision and new leadership.

"I've lived her my whole life, I've owned a business here for the past 11 years," he said. "I love this city and I want to see it prosper."

He says the city's youth requires more support from city leaders.

"Building more retail is not going to het more people to move here and it's not going to get residential growth," he began. "You start with education and youth services, the children, and that's whats going to spark your residential growth."

He's concerned that area school performance could potentially stall the city's growth, and also wants to see a better use of city departments and programs he says aren't utilized.

"We're constantly cutting the budget of these programs, we`re not investing back it not he community like we need to," he explained.

Goforth says his career gives him years of experience with the public, where his success relied mainly on customer service.

"The same with the city, you take care of the citizens, you take care of the city employees, you take care of the kids, you take care of everybody and bring everybody together," he said.

Municipal elections take place August 23. Mayor Don Kyle is seeking reelection, and is challenged by Goforth, Tab Bowling, and Reggie Jackson.