Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s reelection campaign on Tuesday launched its first TV advertisement of the cycle, highlighting Stimpson’s record of success leading Mobile’s revitalization, economic development and infrastructure improvements.
The 30-second ad, entitled “Not Done Yet,” features major city successes that Stimpson spearheaded while outlining that Mobile’s momentum continues to surge forward under his leadership.
According to the campaign, the ad will run on broadcast stations in the Mobile DMA and will be supported by digital and print advertisements, as well.
“Mobile has made tremendous strides over the past eight years,” stated Stimpson. “From now through the election, you’ll see our campaign run a positive race that highlights Mobile’s momentum, successes, and future. We are building a safer, more business and family-friendly city, and as we look forward to a new downtown airport, a waterfront park at Brookley, and increased connectivity throughout Mobile, it’s clear that big things are on the horizon. We are not done yet!”
The ad features shots of the following Stimpson administration accomplishments, per his campaign:
Economic Development: Mayor Stimpson’s leadership has led to major economic development projects – including the relocation of the Mobile Airport to Brookley Field, the deepening and widening of the port’s shipping channel, and incentivizing both major businesses like MTC Logistics and small businesses like restaurants and breweries to move to or open in Mobile. The Stimpson-led return of Carnival cruises to Mobile also adds nearly 200,000 visitors to the city each year.
The Stimpson administration also created Mobile’s first Supplier Diversity Program, which creates and implements programs, policies and procedures to assist minority, women, and service-disabled veteran small businesses increase their access to City procurement opportunities and resources to help them grow.
Public Safety Investments: Under the Stimpson administration, Mobile has replaced a significant amount of public safety equipment, from fire and police trucks to new fire stations and technology to combat gun violence.
In addition, Mobile is the first city in Alabama where all sworn law enforcement officers will wear body cameras – a landmark step to increase transparency, accountability, and trust between police and Mobilians.
Park and Public Space Revitalization: The Stimpson administration has spent more than $70 million on parks and recreation opportunities since 2013. Notable improvements shown in the ad include the creation of Mardi Gras park, an overhaul of Medal of Honor Park, the city’s first synthetic turf multi-purpose sports field at Mims Park, and a new Parkway Senior Center on Dauphin Island Parkway.
Downtown Revitalization: The Stimpson administration has led downtown’s revitalization, from the revitalization of St. Louis Street to an increased public safety presence, to incentivizing new businesses, condo and apartment buildings like the Meridian at the Port, and more than 60 restaurants to open downtown. Under Mayor Stimpson’s leadership, the City of Mobile has also increased investment in public spaces, leading to cleaner, safer green spaces and new programming for the public to take advantage of these enhanced opportunities.
New Infrastructure Investments: Under the Stimpson administration, the City of Mobile has spent roughly $30 million per year on infrastructure improvements, divided evenly across all City Council districts – a necessary sum following decades of neglect.
The city has also utilized federal grant funding to increase connectivity with sidewalks, green spaces, and bike lanes on Water and Broad Streets. The Broad Street roundabout, recently completed, is indicative of the result of the Broad Street redevelopment project, slated for completion this year. In addition, the Three Mile Creek Greenway will connect neighborhoods, parks, commercial districts, and provide access to Mobile’s unique natural resources.
St. Louis Street Redevelopment: The Stimpson administration has led the revitalization of downtown’s St. Louis Street. In addition to a revitalized streetscape, St. Louis St. also hosts the Innovation Portal, as well as new restaurants and businesses like Old Majestic Brewing and the Cheese Cottage, and an upcoming Greer’s Downtown Market.
The mayoral election will be held August 24, 2021.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn