Former Columbus Chamber of Commerce Vice President Colin Martin officially announced his candidacy for mayor Thursday.
About 50 people attended the campaign kickoff on the steps of the City Services Center. Seven of those in attendance were elected city officials. Councilors Glenn Davis, Bruce Huff, and Gary Allen attended, along with Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr and Marshal Greg Countryman.
Martin says one of the issues he will address in his campaign is public safety.
“Crime prevention is not holding up a chart that says crime is down, it's listening to people and addressing their fears. It's fully funding public safety so we can have more police in the street, and having community policing,” said Martin
Martin's theme for his candidacy is "Hold on...Help is on the way.” Martin will be running against incumbent mayor Teresa Tomlinson. Zeph Baker, who lost in a runoff to Tomlinson in 2010, told News 3 several months ago he had too much support not to run again, though he has not officially announced his candidacy.
For the full interview with Colin Martin and more on his vision for Columbus, view the “Raw” video above in the video player.