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East Coast Band
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Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
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Martin Houston, a Tuscaloosa businessman, pastor and National Championship winner, announced his campaign to become Tuscaloosa's next mayor Tuesday afternoon outside his campaign headquarters on University Boulevard.

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Houston said the primary planks in his campaign platform are transparency, inclusiveness, diversity and economic growth benefitting all residents of Tuscaloosa.

I've met him a couple of times, extremely nice guy. I have no idea his political affiliations, although his words mentioned above are left leaning terms.


Evolved Simian
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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
I guess this is a mayoral election year in Tuscaloosa?


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Chad4Bama
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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
I'd vote for CJ Pearson and get rid of the current nut.


Bryant91092
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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
I think you might have confused which one is truly crazy between those two.


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SummerOfGeorge
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Evolved Simian
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I've met him a couple of times, extremely nice guy.


Just looked up what he's been doing recently. Guy stays really busy. Insurance agent, part time radio host, and part time motivational speaker/preacher for the past decade.


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3moredays
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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
Is he really qualified to be called "Former Bama great?"


East Coast Band
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Is he really qualified to be called "Former Bama great?"


I'd say. He played in the NFL. Part of National Championship team of 1992.
I guess you can define adjectives as you may.


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Snout Spout
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rimary planks in his campaign platform are transparency, inclusiveness, diversity


I thought Maddox was already a Democrat.


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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
Just watched the mayoral debate this morning and I hope people get behind Martin.


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biclops
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Former Bama great Martin Houston


one of my childhood favorites.


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JustGetItRight
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I thought Maddox was already a Democrat.


He ran for governor as a (D) but all municipal offices in Alabama are non-partisan.

There's no primary and no party listed on the ballots. Everybody runs on their name alone and you have a runoff if nobody gets 50% +1 vote.


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labamafan
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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
Yes he really is.


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Lordofwrath88
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re: Former Bama great Martin Houston announces Tuscaloosa mayoral bid
So that leaves Serena Fortenberry.

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The current mayor has created a city where developers multiply their wealth, but the poor are getting poorer — more than ever now, because of the regressive sales tax that supports Elevate (Tuscaloosa), The mayor continues to let developers build student apartments all over the city, harming many of our neighborhoods. Why should so many people have to suffer as a result of his poorly planned growth that’s meant to line the pockets of the people who help keep him in office?”


Robot Santa
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The mayor continues to let developers build student apartments all over the city, harming many of our neighborhoods


Tuscaloosa has pretty much always been a free for all when it comes to zoning. At least with regards to having random multi-family units and townhouse developments in the middle of a neighborhood of otherwise traditional single family homes on separate land lots. Has it gotten worse recently? Because this sounds like a complaint more appropriately targeted at UA's admissions policy. Enrollment is like double what it was when I was a freshman and I don't see UA being able to get away with more stringent admissions criteria. The city of Tuscaloosa itself has not grown that fast though. Not even close. If it had the population would be like 250,000 right now. So you either don't build additional student housing and rent absolutely explodes, or you build student housing so supply keeps up with demand. I guess they could be more selective about where to put it, but as I said Tuscaloosa has never really had strict zoning rules.


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