Frances Akridge defeats Mary Jane Caylor for Huntsville City Council District 2 seat


The results are in for Huntsville City Council runoff race.

Frances Akridge will now represent Huntsville’s District 2. She defeated Mary Jane Caylor with 59% of the votes.

Akridge wrapped up her victory speech, thanking her supporters. She said she has plans to continue the projects already in the works for her district. 

The Edmonton Heights neighborhood near Alabama A&M University, Twickenham and Five Points are just a few of the neighborhoods District 2 encompasses.

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“Plenty of great places to walk and everything, plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, so I really enjoy it,” said Twickenham resident Shane Gaffney.

There are several projects the new City Councilwomen will have to take on. Those projects pushed by longtime District 2 Councilman Mark Russell. One of those is shutting down Cecil Ashburn Drive for a year to widen the road. 

“Hopefully it doesn’t effect it too much, hopefully they get an alternate route for us and we keep the same numbers we have over here,” said Darryl Martin Assistant Manager at Moe’s Bar B Que. 

Businesses are concerned the $15 million project will be an inconvenience to people who live in the Hampton Cove Area.

“They would have to go all the way over the mountain, travel past Governors Drive and it’s just a more stressful drive,” Darryl Martin explained. 

Plans to bring more amenities to Twickenham is another undertaking District 2 is working on. 

“I wouldn’t mind having a gym be a little closer. I know there’s a couple of places that are a little further away, but a gym or some fitness center close by would be pretty cool,” Gaffney added. 

Renovating Goldsmith-Schiffman Field in the Five Points neighborhood into a state of the art recreational facility is another upcoming project. The stadium was built back in 1934. 

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