Former Hopkinsville mayor Wally Bryan confirmed Wednesday morning he’s making a bid in this year’s general election to reclaim that seat.
Bryan says he wants to be a “people over projects” mayor.
He calls incumbent Mayor Carter Hendricks a friend, but says he’s become a “tax and spend Republican” over the last four years.
Bryan has been critical of the location near Woodmill Road where the new Joe Mumford Park will be built and he calls construction of the new indoor sportsplex on Lovers Lane “maybe the most risky investment” he remembers in the city.
Bryan says he does agree with expanding sidewalks and the rail-trail extension, which are part of Mayor Hendricks’ WINS program.
While Hopkinsville has never had a successful independent campaign for mayor and Bryan is entering the race with about seven months until election day, he says he believes he will win.
Bryan says “it’s time for different,” in addressing his status as an independent. He hopes to separate himself from the partisan politics he sees in Frankfort and Washington, D.C.
Byran, Hendricks, Democrat Jason McCraw and independent Walter Shamble will square off in a four-way race in November.