“I’m not a politician:” Reggie Jackson in the running for mayor

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DECATUR, Ala. - A fitness professional and Desert Storm veteran is hoping to change the River City.

"Plain and simple, I love Decatur," said mayoral candidate Reggie Jackson. "My military background has taught me the value of teamwork and the importance of having people around you that have a genuine and sincere desire to help you achieve your goals."

He says he wants to be the middle man between the citizens' demands and results from the city.

"I feel like the most important issue we can address is the relationship we have, not only with department heads, but with the city in general," Jackson explained.

He says he is self-funded, saying he feels it's necessary to have his own skin in the fight.

"If you don't invest in yourself, how can you expect someone else to invest in you?"

He says he wants to be 'a voice for the people,' uniting the city based on common family goals. He emphasizes the people of Decatur as the city's top asset, saying that more 'roads and buildings' are not what creates a sense of community.

"You need to have a persona relationship with the citizens first," said Jackson. "Don't assume you know what the citizens want. Ask, and more importantly, listen."

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