Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Council Undecided about Re-Election

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Council Undecided about Re-Election

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NORTHPORT | Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon has announced he will seek re-election in August, but most members of the City Council have not decided whether they will run again.

Although council President William Tunnell, who has served on the council for eight years, will not seek re-election, he has not given up politics. Instead, he is running for the County Commission District 1 seat, which includes Northport.

The other council members -- Steve Webb, Bart Harper, Jay Logan and Steve Acker -- were non-committal.

"At this time, I just don't know," said Harper. "I'm considering it, but I have not made my decision."

Webb, who has served on the council for eight years, also said he's undecided.

"I'll decide pretty soon, within the next month," Webb said.

Acker said he also will try to make a decision soon, and that he has enjoyed his four years on the council.

"It's been a learning curve and I have enjoyed it," Acker said. "The best part for me is helping people with issues that come up."

Logan, who is serving his first term on the council, has not made an official announcement, but said he is open to running again. For now, he said he wants to focus on the ongoing projects in his district, including the nearly $1 million Kennedy Snow drainage project -- the largest drainage project in the city's history -- that was approved last month.

"I've been hired to do a job for four years and I want to make sure that we finish that," Logan said. "While I haven't officially decided, I would like to continue the work if it's the people's will."

If the current council -- sans Tunnell -- is re-elected, it would defy a trend in Northport. In the 2000 municipal election, all but one council member was ousted, and in 2004 voters replaced all five council members. The 2008 election was a model of stability by comparison, with voters tossing only three incumbents. Webb and Tunnell, who were often on the opposite sides of split votes in the previous administration, were the only council members re-elected four years ago.

Tunnell, who was first named council president in 2004, said serving on the council has been a great lesson in leadership. …

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