Another Contender Announces For Ward 4

PROFILE

Josh Nowell

Age: 21

How Long Lived in Ward 4: 1.5 years

Family: Ashley Nowell (spouse)

Employment: Manager at Feltner Bros.

Education: Associate of applied science in pastry and baking from Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, Fla.

Military Experience: None

Political Experience: None

Source: Staff Report

— The paid parking plan in the Dickson Street entertainment district has already energized at least one resident to seek public office.

“The biggest thing recently, is this parking plan.” said Josh Nowell, a manager at Feltner Bros., a hot dog and hamburger restaurant in the entertainment district. Nowell announced his candidacy to run for alderman in Ward 4, the seat held by Shirley Lucas, who is not running for re-election.

Nowell has come out strongly opposed to the paid parking plan.

“That’s what’s galvanized me to go this direction. It’s definitely the key motivator,” he added.

“But it’s not the only reason,” he went on to say. “There are plenty of issues in my ward as well, as far as streets, sidewalks, and just kind of developing that side of town.”

Nowell stopped just short of placing all of his criticism squarely on the shoulders of the Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s administration. But at a recent town hall meeting he said the mayor doesn’t seem to be listening to the concerns of small businesses.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the anti-Jordan candidacy,” he said in an interview. “But the anti-current policy candidate. I don’t want to single anyone out.”

The paid parking plan, which began this week, charges between 50 cents and $1 per hour, depending on the time of day. It’s intended to generate the money needed to build a parking structure as a way to address the area’s parking shortages. Jordan has said the entire program will be reviewed after 90 days to work through any unforeseen bugs.

“There are a lot of things they’re trying to implement, and they’re saying, ‘90 days from now we’ll re-evaluate this,’” Nowell said. “ Well, 90 days from now, this election will take place, and I would love to be in there to figure what that re-evaluation will entail. And if I get elected, my vote will be against whatever their plans are.”

Nowell joins a three-person race with Rhonda Adams and Jeff Dickey.

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