Harrison to run for City CouncilPublished 5:00am Wednesday, April 25, 2012
As the date to qualify for municipal races draws closer the picture of those contending for city offices is becoming clearer. The latest candidate to announce intentions to run for office is Atmore native Chris Harrison, who will vie for the District 5 seat on the Atmore City Council.
Harrison, 38, is seeking to fill the spot currently held by three-term councilman Jim Staff, who has emerged as a candidate to replace Atmore Mayor Howard Shell following his retirement later this year.
Harrison said he has become increasingly active in the Atmore community over the last several years and now would like an opportunity to serve the people of his hometown.
“I’ve been more involved in community sports in the last couple of years and working with the kids and meeting parents,” Harrison said. “And, you know, I’ve lived her my whole life and I would like to see Atmore continue to prosper and grow. I want to support everyone on the council and make this a better place to live.”
Harrison said his biggest concerns are simply continuing to improve the city’s economic status and giving the people of District 5 a representative who will listen.
“We need to continue to grow the local economy so that the city can prosper,” he said. “Anything I can do to help I’m more than willing to do. This is just something I can do for this district and can help to be a voice for the people.”
Harrison is the manager of the transportation division at Tiger-Sul Products, LLC. He and his wife, Courtney, have three children, ages eight, five and three. He is a 1992 graduate of Escambia County High School and a 2000 graduate of Reid State Technical College.