MADISON, Ala. - One more contender entered the race for Madison mayor this week, but it's not his first time.
Former Madison Mayor Paul Finley announced his candidacy Wednesday night.
Finley gave more information about his decision to run and the timing of the announcement Saturday in historic downtown Madison at 10 a.m. at the gazebo. Finley shared his platform and his vision forward. The public was invited to attend.
During his campaign kick off, Finley said after spending more time with family and seeing his sons grow up, it was time to think about serving Madison again. "As a dad, I've been able to be a part of every aspect of their lives. We'll never get that time back and I will never regret making that decision," said Finley.
When it comes to the future potential of Madison, Finley says the sky is the limit. "Madison, Alabama is like being at the front of a rocket ship. It continues to grow, we must have an idea of where we're headed and we're going to go right back to where we were in 2008, helping the city move forward with an idea of how to do it right," said Finley.
Finley says he will put a lot of his focus on certain things that the city of Madison needs to pay extra attention to. "Our biggest threat is school funding. We're already going back to portables. When we came in, in 2008, our biggest threat was not having the funding for a second high school and we worked and partnered with our school system to make that happen," said Finley.
Economic development, specifically retail, is also where Finley says he wants to see progress and put a strategic plan in place for advancement.
Finley served one term as mayor of Madison from 2008 until 2012.