PHENIX CITY, (WTVM) - Elections in Phenix City are exactly one month away, and while several city council seats are up for grabs, two candidates are running for mayor.
Incumbent Eddie Lowe is seeking re-election for a second term as the city's first black mayor. He's facing Jerry Barbaree, who was born and raised in Phenix City.
However, this race won't be between bitter political rivals, according to both Barbaree and Lowe.
"I've been knowing Eddie for a long time," Barbaree said. "In fact, we worked together at the cable company, years ago."
"I know Jerry, I know his whole family," Lowe said. "He's just doing what the country allows us to do."
Lowe said he welcomes Barbaree's challenge to his re-election bid. Among his proudest accomplishments as mayor so far, he said one achievement was helping Phenix City stabilize its finances and earn an AA rating from Standard and Poor's.
"When they come out and give you a AA rating, they don't just give that away," Lowe said.
Lowe said he's also proud of launching the Positively Phenix City campaign to boost the community's spirits.
"It shows that we care about people," Lowe said. "You have to take care of your biggest asset, which is people."
Barbaree, a retired health care executive, said if elected, he would invest heavily in the city's redevelopment.