Dear Citizens of District 1:
I thank you for allowing me to represent you for the past 20 years from a position of strength. I am strong downtown simply because in each election your support for me was strong. I ask for your strong support again in the August 22nd Municipal Election. This will be my last term. I want to remain to help guide our city through difficult issues including council reapportionment, possibly annexation, Jurisdictional change, CIP Funds continuation, continued community and economic development, business and job recruitment. I want to continue leading these efforts. I recruited Publix, The Moonpie General Store, Austal and other businesses. A list of my accomplishments can be found on my web page at www.keepfred.com. Judge me and others on our past record of achieving.
Mobile’s past twenty years have been characterized by unprecedented growth and progress like no other time in the history of our city and District 1. It was your strong support that made it possible. Without strong and proven leadership, the progress we have made will be reversed.
My only business is your business. I have no other job. When you ring, I spring and I pledge to continue to work for you 24/7, every day. My voice is not new. I have been a voice in District 1 and the city for nearly 50 years, starting with Mobile’s movement to be free.
The number one issue in the race for City Council, District 1, is that of continued sustained tried and PROVEN LEADERSHIP. My record for fighting for you is open and I am proud of it. The best way to determine what a person may do for you in the future is to look at what they did for you in the past. If the answer is nothing, you can expect more of the same.
It is because of your strong support of my leadership that District 1 is looking better than ever and is the envy of all other districts. It is also among the safest. Blight breeds crime. Knowing this, we have worked inside communities to remove tons of junk, trash, abandoned cars and dilapidated housed. Citizens are organized and working with police to reduce crime and all other forms of disorder from District 1. Public safety, public service, recruiting businesses and creating jobs are my highest priority.
Since 2000, monthly community beat meetings are held inside of neighborhoods across the district, just to hear from you and keep you informed and connected to city hall. Our future is much brighter than ever before, and with your continued support on August 22nd, I promise the best is yet to come. With Council initiated CIP funding, we are addressing decaying infrastructure issues untouched for over 50 years because in the past all capital funds were assigned to the mayor.
I pledge to keep growing our economy, and working to producing more jobs for our citizens. I pledge to go wherever necessary to bring new industry and businesses to our city, as I have done in the past. I pledge to keep supporting venues that create and generate revenue. I pledge to keep working to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe and clean. Together we can cross any hurdle and remove any obstacle that keep Mobile from taking its place among the other great cities of the world.
My office has absolutely no authority to direct city managers, officers and employees in the performance of their duties: that include police officers, firefighters, garbage and trash workers, and every other employee. Crime, junk, potholes, trash, assorted blight, flooding, cleaning ditches, 311, overgrown lots, dilapidated buildings, and all other matters pertaining to neighborhood disorder, by law, are assigned exclusively to the office of the Mayor; and, we can be remove from office if we interfere.
Fredrick D. Richardson
City Councilman and Candidate