HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville businessman John Meredith tells WHNT News 19 that he is running for the District 5 City Council Seat currently held by incumbent Will Culver.
“I’m running because I feel that the representation the current councilman is providing in the 5th District is not good. It’s not solid. It’s not righteous if you will, and the quality of life for the constituents in the fifth district needs to be a whole lot better, and I hope to be the one to deliver that quality of life to them,” said Meredith. He points at the lack of proper athletic facilities for the district as one failing of the current leadership.
The longtime small business lobbyist has lived in Huntsville for five years, and he believes his experience will bring something special to the council. “I think I can make a difference because I have made a difference in the biggest legislative body in the country, the United States Congress. I have brought Democrats and Republicans together. I have brought labor, and labor leaders together, and I can bring various factions of Huntsville together,” says Meredith.
Meredith plans to hold a news conference Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall to announce his candidacy.
John Meredith, whose father is James Meredith, the first African-American student at Ole Miss, says his father’s legacy is one reason he is running for the city council.
It is his first time to run for public office, and he said he has no intention of trying to change the direction of the city. “Tommy Battle and the others on the council have done a wonderful job providing leadership for this city. It’s a fast growing city, a positive city. I love living in this city. I just think it’s time for the people in the 5th district to enjoy some of the perks that the city has to offer like the other residents,” says John Meredith.
He says it’s leadership the 5th district needs, and that’s what he believes he can bring to all the people who live in the westernmost part of Huntsville.
Councilman Culver is running for re-election, and qualified today. We’ll have more coverage on WHNT.com and in our newscasts this evening.