Springfield Mayor Barton Alderman has announced he will not seek re-election in November.
“I feel that we have three qualified people running for council, and I feel like we will get someone very good to run for mayor,” he said Thursday. “I feel like the city will be in good hands next year.
“If these three get elected to council, and we get a good mayoral candidate, I feel sure that the city will be in good hands. And I think it’s time to allow other people the opportunity to serve the city.”
Alderman has been a member of the Springfield City Council since 2001. He has lived in Springfield since 1950 and has been employed by Georgia-Pacific since 1986.
He was re-elected mayor in 2005 after he was appointed mayor during his term on the city council.
James Allen Parker II, Kenny Usher and Jeff Ambrose have qualified to run for council. Usher and Ambrose currently serve on Springfield City Council.
Councilman Charles Hinely’s seat also is up for election.
Qualifying ends Friday.