Wall announces candidacy for city council’s Dist. 4 seatPublished 10:49am Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Billy Ray Wall announced this week that he is seeking the District 4 council seat for Alexander City.
“I am retired, which makes me the ideal candidate,” Wall said. “I will be able to devote more time to the job. I will work with the new mayor and other council members to move Alexander City forward. Cutting city expenses without cutting jobs will be a main focus. I believe we can cut expenses without reducing services. I will appreciate your vote and support.”
Wall has lived in Alexander City since he was a young boy and graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in 1966.
He also has an associate degree in liberal arts from Faulkner University in Montgomery as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in management and resources.
Wall worked for the Tallapoosa County Revenue Department as a property appraiser, surveying and working with highway department on several different aspects such as paving and resurfacing of interstates.
Wall is also a retired Master Sergeant of the Alabama National Guard of which he served more than 29 years. During his service he did a nine-month tour in Hungary, worked two-years in homeland security, helped with hurricane relief during Hurricane Katrina, as well as did annual tours in Germany, Honduras, Panama, and other parts of the United States.
“(Those experiences) gave me leadership and management experience,” Wall said. “And I believe they would be beneficial to the city as a city councilman.”
As District 4 councilman, Wall said he would address the issue of litter around Alexander City.
“Our litter enforcement does a good job, but I think we can do better,” Wall said. “A clean city is a desirable city and we need to work so everyone who lives here can be proud and people passing through will want to stop and visit awhile. A simple visit can lead to new residents.”
He also said it’s important to provide productive outlets for the city’s youth.
“We need to keep our youth occupied with things to do,” Wall said. “If we provide for them, their ties to Alexander City will be stronger. This will help keep them here. They may travel to jobs but will return to Alexander City.”
Wall said he also wants to emphasize the marketing of Lake Martin.
“Lake Martin is another valuable resource,” Wall said. “It is well known in the state and southeast as one of the most popular vacation spots, but we need to work to make it the most popular. I think we can accomplish this and much more.”
Billy is married to Rita Wall, his wife of 34 years, and has three children and five grandchildren. He is an active member of Wayside Baptist Church, the Alexander City Lions Club and Tallapoosa County Master Gardener Association.