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Mayor Sonny Coulter discusses his last term

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WXTX) -  "I will not be running for re-election," Phenix City Mayor Sonny Coulter made a shocking announcement on News Leader Nine's morning show telling the public this will be his last term as mayor.

After decades serving on Phenix City council, Mayor Sonny Coulter shocked several people when he said his name will not be on the ballot for the next mayoral election in August of 2012.

After his announcement on News Leader Nine, and Tuesday morning's council meeting, he sat down with us to talk about that decision.

Sonny Coulter has less than a year left on his term as Phenix City Mayor and after that, he is calling it quits, "It has been a great experience for me. I'm getting older. I love being mayor of Phenix City, but it is a time consuming job."

Sonny Coulter says on and off he has spent the last 25 years serving on Phenix City. He spent one term as a city councilman and this is his fourth term as mayor, "This has been a tough term for me. It has been without question the toughest term of the five I have served."

Mayor Coulter says he is more than willing to get behind any future candidates once he sees what they have to offer the city. But if he has it his way, there are a few changes he would like to see in the city, "I would love to see Phenix City have night city council meetings. By doing that, then you free up young people to run for office and it would make it much easier for young people to serve."

As for his own future, he plans on staying in the city he calls home and finishing out his final term as the man who leads it, "This is not to say that at some point in the future I might not run for something, because I might. But I will not be a candidate for mayor in August 28th."

A few names have been thrown out as the possibility for mayor, but no one has officially announced they are running for certain. One thing that is certain, Phenix City citizens will have a new mayor next August.

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