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18-year-old elected to Decatur City Council

Hunter Pepper joins three others who were elected to Decatur City Council after Tuesday's election.

DECATUR, Ala. — The city of Decatur will soon see new faces serving on the city council after Tuesday's election. Leaders were elected to fill seats for Districts 2,3,4, and 5; and its youngest leader is just 18-years-old.

"When I seen that I had won, just the look on my face was like, wow! Wow! All that hard work. It paid off," says Decatur City Council-Elect, for District 4, Hunter Pepper.

The Class of 2020 high school graduate from Jewels Christian School says since February, he wanted to run for office.

"One thing I'd really like to do is come in, and listen to the issues from the people," says Pepper.

Pepper ran against incumbent Charles Kirby, who held the seat for two terms. Pepper says he understands the problems within his district.

"A lot of the problems that we have here are of course, it's going to be our roads. It's one of our problems here. It's going to be our roads. We have some issues when it comes to tree and limb pick-up."

Pepper says he'll serve at city councilman full-time. He says this is his job. "I'll probably run another term. I would like to run another term," added Pepper.

However, before then, he says he's ready to work with the new council. 

"I want to work as a team. I think working as a team is what we need," says Pepper.

His grandmother, Wanda Brown, is proud of Pepper's work getting to this point. "It just thrilled my heart, just to look at him. Everything that he did, and everything that he did by hisself (sic)," says Brown. 

Kyle Pike, Carlton McMasters, and Jacob Ladner will fill Districts 2,3 and 5 respectively. District 1 is occupied by Billy Jackson who went unopposed.

He's the only incumbent to keep his seat.

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