“I like working:” Mayor Don Kyle seeking third term

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DECATUR, Ala. - In a four-man race, Mayor Don Kyle wants his experience and track record to speak for itself.

He says a third term would focus on ongoing projects, including a large road project, a 5-year capital plan, a software conversion affecting most of the city, and department reorganization efforts.

"The reason I'm better off, besides the background I've got, the education I've got, and the proof I've got is I don't have to learn on the job, I know what it takes, day in and day out," said Mayor Kyle.

He says that he has great experience in financial management, dealing with city funding in a post-recession era.

"I've managed seven budgets," he said. "In those seven, we've saved over $20 million for capital investment, even after the recession, we've saved money."

He also acknowledges that attracting residential growth has to be a priority for years to come.

"In the first quart of this year, our home sales, compared to '14, are up 25%," said the mayor. "So something is happening."

Continued support of the school system, he says, is another focus.

"We have a lot of kids in the system in poverty compared to other systems and we have extra obstacles to overcome," he explained.

He says he plans to study salaries to make sure people are getting adequate pay.

He says he also intends to continue to promote assets, like the riverfront, that make the Decatur unique.

Municipal elections are August 23. Mayor Kyle is running against Tab Bowling, Jeremy Goforth, and Reggie Jackson.