Loch Ridge resident Mike Shaw today said he will challenge Adm. Jack Natter for his Place 4 seat on the Hoover City Council in the Aug. 23 city election.
Shaw announced his intention to run for the City Council in early May but did not indicate which seat he wanted to pursue until today.
Shaw, the senior vice president and chief technology officer for Mutual Savings Credit Union, said he spent a lot of time analyzing voting records and election records before deciding which place on the council to pick.
Natter is a fine man, but it’s time for a change on the City Council, Shaw said.
“He’s not been a friend of schools like I want to be,” Shaw said. “In general, the council has not had as much foresight in planning as I’d like to see. He’s part of that group that votes consistently with each other without a lot of discussion.”
Shaw said his place selection was not about personalities but about a different vision for the city’s governance.
“My team and I have visited thousands of homes. I’ve met many amazing people, and I’ve found tremendous support for my call to create a comprehensive plan for Hoover,” Shaw said in a press release. “Our citizens are ready to come together as a community and create that vision.”
See the complete list of candidates running for Hoover mayor or City Council here. Official qualifying ended July 19.
This article was updated on July 19 after Joel Smith qualified to run for Place 4.