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Decatur mayoral, city council runoff elections set for Tuesday

Decatur residents will go to the polls for run-off elections for their next mayor and District 2 City Council seat. (Source: WAFF) Decatur residents will go to the polls for run-off elections for their next mayor and District 2 City Council seat. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur voters have two decisions to make in next Tuesday's runoff election.

One is the mayor's race in which incumbent Don Kyle faces challenger Tab Bowling. The other is a runoff for the District 2 City Council seat.

The winner will be new to the city council.

Jake Reed, who owns the Albany Bistro restaurant in Decatur, said Friday that he has the experience needed to serve on the city council.
 
"I'll bring my business knowledge. I will bring budgeting knowledge. I'll bring a sense of passion for every citizen, both the wealthy and the under-served," Reed said.

Kristi Huskey, who has experience in the tourism industry and works in the marketing of local hotels, said she is the best candidate because of her business knowledge, and because of what she's willing to learn.

"Listen, learn and lead. My platform encompasses those three things. And it's just been to create relationships, create partnerships, collaborate with residents, community leaders and city officials," Huskey said.

Reed, who is gay, said he'd hoped his sexuality would not have been a factor in the election, but that he's learned that some are trying to convince voters, face to face and by phone calls, that it should be.

"Getting our city to grow. It's been an issue for more than five years now. It's going on a decade that we've had stagnant growth. Those are all issues that are not concerned in any shape or fashion with who I choose to love," he said.

Reed said he does not believe his opponent is behind the negative campaigning, that whether he is gay or straight has no bearing on how he would serve the city, and that his sexuality should not be an issue in the election. Huskey said she agrees.

"I do encourage those who are campaigning on my behalf to speak positive about me, because it does no good for me to talk about anyone other than myself. I've just tried to run a clean campaign, and I gave Mr. Reed my word that I would," she said.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m Tuesday.

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