Q&A with candidates running for Madison City Council District 4

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Below are five questions we posed to each of the candidates running for District 4 on the Madison City Council. Here are the answers, straight from the candidates.

1. What is the most pressing issue facing Madison today?

Len Bullington (Photo: Madisoncountyrecord.com)
Len Bullington (Photo: Madisoncountyrecord.com)

Len Bullington: I think the most pressing issue facing Madison today is how to continue to grow and still meet the needs of the residents. Sales Revenue has to be increased to pay for the needed improvements. We must also fix the funding discrepancy with Limestone County School system and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes issue with Huntsville and Athens.

Brad Johnson: Improve communication from Mayor / City council to the Madison residents, need for another elementary school; increase funding for roads; and attract more restaurants, businesses, and industries to Madison to increase tax revenue.

Greg Shaw: I feel that the lack of leadership & collaboration between key entities of municipal government is the most pressing issues facing Madison today. I believe that this lack of engagement between the mayor, city council, school board, department heads and, most importantly, the citizens of Madison, is negatively affecting our ability to efficiently grow our economic engine to support our growth.

2. What is one practical, specific policy you would push to have implemented in your first year on the council?

Len Bullington: I think the most pressing issue facing Madison today is how to continue to grow and still meet the needs of the residents. Sales Revenue has to be increased to pay for the needed improvements. We must also fix the funding discrepancy with Limestone County School system and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes issue with Huntsville and Athens.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson: I would implement a policy where you can only serve on one committee at a time. This would allow more Madison residents an opportunity to serve. I would also recommend a two term maximum for Mayor and City Council.

Greg Shaw: I would continue mayor, council & department head work sessions between council meetings. The informal dialogue and vetting of issues / projects is collaborative government at its best. This practice should not die with new administration.

3. What worries you most about Madison currently?

Len Bullington: Wasted tax payer dollars in the form of Department heads on administrative leave and Road construction that does not plan ahead for the future. County Line Road should have had a center turn lane the entire length of the road.

Brad Johnson: Not having a vision or the leadership on city council to plan for the future growth of Madison. We need to communicate with the Madison residents on what’s going on and why. Focus on attracting more restaurants, businesses and industries to Madison and cut out all the wasteful spending. Employees are not being taken care of financially.

Greg Shaw: I’m most concerned about the lack of cohesion within Madison. Fractured city government can lead to missed infrastructure improvements, minimal economic growth to support of City and Schools, and chaotic annexation issues which hurt our ability to control growth.

4. What differentiates you from your opponent(s)?

Len Bullington: I have experience on the Council from 1992-1996. I have successfully recruited businesses to the area. I don’t have a full time job so I can devote more time to working on the Council.

Brad Johnson: I’ve always wanted to serve Madison and wasn’t asked to run like my opponents were. I want to hold a quarterly forum with the Madison residents to share what’s going on and why; seek input, and answer questions: increase road funding; work hand in hand with the Madison city school system. Madison city desperately needs another elementary school now.

Greg Shaw
Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw: I am a Madison business owner employing over 40 people – I understand the needs of small business. I have served my neighborhood HOA in establishing the association as homeowner controlled and then served as President for 3 years. I’m currently serving on a Madison City Schools committee focused on generating revenue. Similarly, I have served on additional Madison Board of Education committees upon request from the Superintendent and Board.

5. What about you might surprise voters?

Len Bullington: I am not a politician, I don’t like the spotlight and I have innovative solutions for problems.

Brad Johnson: Proud grandson of retired Fire Chief Charles Wallace that served Madison for 35 years.
Started my own business at age 22 and now in my 10th year of my successful business.
Started an endowment scholarship for higher education at a major university in Alabama at age 28.

Greg Shaw: As an Auburn University graduate, my entire family bleeds orange and blue. However, I actually grew up an Alabama fan and have family pics of me as a child in Bama jerseys to prove it! I realize this commitment to serving the city is a serious commitment, but I do not to take myself so seriously that I cannot have a laugh at myself.

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