By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
Former Richmond Mayor Bill Strong, who also has served as a city commissioner and county magistrate, filed Friday seeking to return to the commission.
“As the time grows closer to the election, I haven’t seen a lot of interest in the commissioner’s race,” Strong said in a Facebook announcement of his candidacy. “This is a very important time for our city and the days we are facing in the future. Serious decisions are going to have to be made. I have been in constant contact with city government and stayed involved over the years in and out of office. The city can use my knowledge and experience.”
Strong said he is excited at the prospect of returning to public service.
His most recent term in an elected position was as a commissioner from 2007 to 2010. However, he has nearly 20 years experience on Richmond’s legislative body, four years on the fiscal court and four years as mayor.
RPD major files for jailer
Republican Steven W. Gregg has thrown his hat into the ring for the jailer’s race.
A major with the Richmond Police Department, Gregg has been employed by the city for 28 years, and he ran unsuccessfully for jailer in 2010. He worked as a deputy jailer and a Winchester police officer before moving to Madison County. He also served as a commander over border police for the United Nations International Police during the war in Kosovo from 1999 to 2003.
In a candidacy announcement on Facebook, Gregg said if elected he would ensure that inmates have access to several different programs, including drug rehabilitation, education, domestic violence classes and religious guidance. He also said he would utilize identification wristbands to keep better track of inmates.
As the only Republican filed so far, Gregg will face one of three Democrats in the general election, including incumbent Doug Thomas, Steve Tussey or Andre Patterson.
Madison Fiscal Court
• Democrat Steve Strong has filed for election to the county’s District Three magisterial seat. Republican incumbent Billy Ray Hughes is running for judge/executive, leaving the race so far as a showdown between Strong and fellow Democrat John C. Tudor.
• Democrat Mary Renfro has become the third Democrat to enter the race for District Four magistrate. She is in her first term as a member of the Madison County School Board. With incumbent Greg King running for judge/executive and no Republican filed so far, the race for the open seat may be settled in the May primary. Others in the race are John Robert Harris and Mike Isaacs.
Constable• Christopher Waddle, a Republican, will challenge fellow Republican incumbent Steven Kelly for the second constable position in the county.
Candidates have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to file for election to Richmond or county offices.