MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - On the campaign trail Monday, August 26 mayoral candidate Sandy Stimpson met with area business owners and people on the streets of Mobile to carry out his message.
That message has been delivered many different ways, including via social media. Stimpson said it has helped attract the youth vote and that it matters.
With less than a day until the election, Stimpson continued to campaign with his vision of “One Mobile”.
“We started early on. We knew what we needed to do in the social media world and so we had a real plan to make sure that we were on the leading edge of what could be done there,” Stimpson said.
Stimpson said this campaign strategy has helped attract the youth vote.
“The social media part of it has been so effective because part of our message is: part of Mobile's most valuable export items are our young people. So many of them when they graduate from school, college, they leave and cannot find the job opportunities and the quality of life they want; so they leave and go somewhere else. So it's a brain drain. We have got to reverse that. So the young people are excited about it,” Stimpson said.
Stimpson greeted voters as he made stops throughout the day.
“It was exciting! You know, it's the day before the election. So you know he's got to busy as all get out, and it's awfully nice that he took the time to come by and meet some of the business leaders and just Mobilians in general and say hello and ask for our support. And most importantly, for everyone to get out and vote,” said executive vice president of OEC Gerri Kennedy-Holland.
“It's great. Good to see someone who has a vision for the smaller businesses in town because that's really what's going to help everybody out in town. It was great to see him come by, come down to us lower level people and say hey and that he appreciates us,” said Greg Cole, general manager of Cockrell’s Body Shop.
Appreciation is something Stimpson believes is key when it comes to managing a city like Mobile.
“If there is a problem or concern with employees, all they have to do is understand the character of the individual that's going to be leading them. And once they realize that they are going to be treated fairly and they're going to be appreciated…those are the two main things. All the city employees need to know that I'll appreciate what they're doing and they'll be treated fairly and then I think we'll do well,” said Stimpson.
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