By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, residents of Mobile went to the polls and overwhelmingly voted to elect Sandy Stimpson to a second term.
Stimpson said at his victory celebration, ”I’m blessed beyond measure to be your Mayor.”
Stimpson said, “Obviously, for those in this room, it’s a happy day. Honestly, everyone in this room voted for Sandy Stimpson, which I’m tremendously gracious and appreciative of. But I wanted to tell all Mobilians, even those who didn’t vote for me, I promise that we’ll work as hard for you as those in this room. We’ll work to earn your trust because we can and we will unite this city.’
Stimpson improved on his 2013 performance, winning 28,436 votes (57 percent). Former Mayor Sam Jones, who was unseated by Stimpson four year ago, received just 21,072 votes (42.3 percent), newcomers Anthony Thompson and Donavette Ely had just 198 votes (0.4 percent) and 140 votes (.3 percent) respectively.
Sam Jones won two terms in 2005 and 2009.
Stimpson said on election day, “In just one week, BLAST Fitness announced its relocating its headquarters to the City of Mobile, Safran announced it will be the 20th Airbus supplier to locate to Mobile and Shoe Station announced it will be building a distribution center in Mobile. This is validation that we are becoming the most business friendly city in America. Mobile is open for business, and the best is yet to come!
The Stimpson campaign said on the web site: “Stimpson’s team secured a $14.5 million grant from the US Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Broad-Beauregard corridor, connecting residents, the transportation system and major economic employment centers at Brookley Aeroplex and downtown Mobile. Under Stimpson’s leadership, Mobile’s economic future is bright. To date, fifteen new global aerospace suppliers are relocating to Mobile, there’s a new tech corridor on St. Louis Street, and our refurbished cruise terminal welcomed the triumphant return of Carnival Cruise Lines last year. With Mayor Stimpson at the helm, Mobile is undergoing a positive transformation. He understands that our people are the real reason for our success. Each day this administration is committed to making sure every citizen has an opportunity to share in the momentum. Stimpson truly believes we can only achieve our fullest potential united, as “One Mobile.”
Earlier in the day Stimpson had a major announcement, “HUGE NEWS! DeMarcus Cousins and I are excited to announce plans for a premier basketball court in Figures Park mirrored after the famed Rucker Park in New York City. I want to thank DeMarcus for investing in his hometown and in our young people. This exemplifies our dedication to providing our most vulnerable youth access to safe, recreational opportunities. Stay tuned for more details!”
Original reporting by the Alabama Media Group’s Lawrence Specker contributed to this report.