MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Sandy Stimpson said he's ready to move Mobile forward as its new mayor.
At his victory celebration at Fort Whiting Armory Tuesday, August 27, Stimpson thanked the voters and his many volunteers for helping him win.
He received the news and a called from Mayor Sam Jones about 30 minutes before he came out to greet his supporters.
"The mayor called me and congratulated me on my win. I told him I look forward to working with him on the transition," Stimpson said.
Stimpson said he expects a smooth transition.
"It's very important that we get together an advisory team for the transition just like we did for the campaign. There will be some new people that we bring in to that, that we've met along the way. So that they bring a lot of knowledge to the table, and I'm excited about that," Stimpson said.
There were more than 800 volunteers working for Stimpson's campaign. Sarah McCoy knocked on 4,000 doors, and made 6,000 calls to voters. She said it was a labor of love.
"I'm a liberal democrat, and I saw that he was the one person that could bring this city together as one Mobile, and that is my heart's desire, and I know that's Sandy's heart’s desire," McCoy said.
What will be Stimpson's top priority when he takes office?
"First of all, we've got to get a grip on what the financial situation really is and have a true understanding of that. Because until you really understand, it's difficult to say the things that you will do. And as we get a grip on that, I want the city employees to know that I'm the biggest advocate that they have. I really look forward to working with them," he said.
Stimpson will take office on November 4.
Sandy Stimpson 29,236
Sam Jones 25,909
Doris Brown 169
97 percent of precincts reporting
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