By Southern Torch Staff
FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Former Fort Payne City Councilman Walter Watson has announced his intentions to seek election to the Council this year.
"I feel my pervious spent and experience gained on the council will allow me to help the team navigate successfully through the next term," Watson stated.
Watson stated the importance of restructuring our area after the impacts of COVID-19 have faded.
"My prayers and thoughts are with everyone [affected] financially and physically [by the virus]," he said. "I...believe that we all should be mindful that the next team could very well have to address the economic impact of this pandemic."
Watson stated that while issues like infrastructure improvements, maintaining a strong economic recruiting program, supporting existing industries, working with the City schools, and expanding recreational opportunities are important priorities, the Council must also maintain adequate funding to support the long-term job security of Fort Payne city employees and a health emergency reserve fund.
"All these topics are important now and going forward," said Watson.
"In the near future, we will be tasked with selecting five members of [the] council and a mayor to take us into the next four years and beyond. If chosen, I will be approachable. I will lead understanding the importance of acknowledging God for guidance. I will strive to create a 'Fort Payne City Council Team,'" he concluded.
Watson is married to Doris Carter Watson, and they have one daughter and a grandson. He is employed at Siemens, and serves as the senior pastor of New Vision Ministries, President of the Wills Valley Model Railroaders Club, and is a member of the Fort Payne Planning Commission.
Municipal elections in the State of Alabama will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.