Alma City Councilman Jerry Martin has announced his candidacy for mayor of Alma.

Martin was elected to the Alma City Council in 2016, winning his seat over the incumbent and one other candidate without a runoff.

Martin said he has been very instrumental in bringing transparency and accountability to the governing body of Alma. Martin sponsored the following:

• An ordinance ensuring the tax monies Alma citizens were told would be used to help fund the fire department, actually stayed with the fire department and were not rolled back into the general fund. Passed unanimously.

• An ordinance to set aside property owned by the city at the corner of Oak and Hall to be used for a neighborhood park and safe zone for kids. Passed unanimously. The park is currently in the planning stages.

• An ordinance that ensured bond money for parks be used for upgrades to existing parks, new green spaces and upgrades to the waterpark and not as a revenue source for operations of the waterpark. Passed unanimously.

• An ordinance that put in place a vetting process for selection of planning commission members and mandated training for commission members so members would continue to be up to date on current zoning laws and regulations. Passed unanimously.

Martin said he also has supported department heads on updating pay scales for Alma police men and women and other city employees.

“I am actively working with the Alma city planner to have zoning laws and regulations updated and I am working to ensure that zoning is in place to protect citizens’ investment in Alma’s downtown streetscape beautification and promote economic development,” he said.

Martin and his wife Donna (Jernigan) have six children and eight grandchildren.

“We have been very blessed with a wonderful family and expect our family will continue to grow,” Martin said. “Alma is our home and we want this to be where our grandchildren want to raise their families.”

He pointed out the city has many projects in the works with the downtown projects, new parks and trails.

“I believe it’s very important to have a mayor that will bring integrity and transparency to the office and will be able to serve the Alma residents for multiple terms with Alma’s best interest at heart,” Martin said. “I have been honored to serve as a council member. Now, in response to numerous requests from several Alma citizen groups and with the support of my wife, family, and trusted friends, I ask for your support to serve the City of Alma as mayor.”