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mobile votes on mayor today

Mobile Votes On Mayor Today

Its election day in Mobile. The city will choose between incumbent Sam Jones and challenger Sandy Stimpson for mayor. Districts 2,3, and 4 will also vote on their city council representatives. Voters couldnt ask for a more beautiful day to vote, as the skies will be clear and the humidity will be relatively low. Voting will last until 7:00 PM.

The race between Jones and Stimpson has been contentious at times. The race is expected to be relatively close, with Jones seen as a slight favorite due to being the incumbent. Mayor Jones has also picked up key endorsements such as former Mayor Mike Dow and several unions. Stimpson has the backing of business related groups in Mobile.

Before getting into politics, Sam Jones spent 9 years in the US Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal under the command of John McCain. Jones later was elected to four terms as Mobile County Commissioner. He was first elected Mayor in 2005, succeeding Mike Dow.

Sandy Stimpson was born and raised in Mobile, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He worked for 37 years at Gulf Coast Lumber Company and its successor, Scotch Gulf Lumber LLC. He has served as chairman of several organizations, such as the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Alliance of Business and Industry, the Business Council of Alabama, and the Alabama Policy Institute.

The race for Mayor is very important to Mobiles future. The city could be on the verge of unprecedented growth. Airbus will soon be building jets in the port city, and Austal already builds warships down at the docks. The port itself is being expanded as well. Mobile could soon be a manufacturing powerhouse. Whoever leads the city over the next few years will be spearheading that growth.

alabama unemployment

Alabama Unemployment Rate Down To 6%

Alabama’s unemployment rate has once again fell, and now stands at 6%. This figure is down from 6.3% in October. The state is still slightly above the national average of 5.8%. Roughly 126,000 people remain unemployed in Alabama.

Overall, the national economy continues to grow, and unemployment continues to fall. While divided government in Washington could provide some roadblocks next year, a big budget battle was avoided this month as Congress passed a bipartisan bill to fund the government. Most economic metrics point to continued growth in 2015.

Mobile got a potential dose of good news with the White House’s decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. If Congress takes the next step and kills the embargo, Mobile stands to profit handsomely due to its close proximity to the island nation. The city has one of the closest ports to Cuba. Trade, cruise ships, and much more could be coming if ties continue to deepen.