Incumbent City Councilman Will Culver responds to John Meredith joining the District 5 race

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  According to the Huntsville City Clerk's office, three school board candidates and at least three city council candidates have submitted the needed paperwork to appear on the ballot. Two of the three are vying for the same position, councilman for Huntsville District 5.

John Meredith, son of famed civil rights activist James Meredith, says he's the man for the job.  “The representation that the current councilman is providing the 5th district is not good, it’s not solid, it’s not righteous if you will," says Meredith.

The former Congressional Lobbyist is looking to unseat incumbent Council President Will Culver, who says his representation of District 5 has been extremely solid.  “We have been very instrumental in bringing 2,000 jobs through Remington Company. You may remember that. Also we brought in 2,000 additional jobs through Polaris," says Culver.

Meredith tells WHNT News 19 that bringing new opportunities to the area is one of the biggest reasons he's running.  “Our quality of life is not nearly as good as the other districts in town," he says.

Councilman Culver points to the planned re-development of the Madison Square Mall as proof he's committed to these issues.  “They’ll be able to play and reside in the same area so that’s surely goes to improving the quality of life,” says Culver.

The incumbent says he's got a lot of other projects in the works, including road improvements, attracting more economic development opportunities, and establishing a West Police Precinct that's moved out of downtown. In response to Meredith's claims that District 5 is lagging behind other areas of Huntsville, Culver says District 5 is getting "more than our pro rata share.”

John Meredith is expected to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday morning at City Hall.

Councilman Culver says he's hoping to be re-elected so he can continue the projects he's been working on since he was first elected to the council in 2008.

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