From staff reports
TRUSSVILLE – There’s a new runner in the race to become Trussville’s next Mayor, and he took a quick first step at his announcement on Monday morning at Veterans Memorial in Civitan Park in Trussville.
With dozens of local leaders, friends and family looking on, Anthony Montalto, a Trussville resident for 28 years, outlined his vision for the city he knows so well.
If elected, Montalto would focus on three sustainability measures:
- Create and execute a strategic plan for the city, including a detailed vision for economic development.
- Work with the leaders of the Trussville City School system to ensure high education standards are maintained in a safe, nurturing environment.
- Build more lines of communication with Trussville residents including holding more town hall meetings and utilizing social media channels to voice concerns and ideas.
Montalto, the current Trussville City Council President, plans to host “Ask Anthony” sessions at the Parish Seafood & Oyster House on the first Monday of each month leading up to the Aug. 23 election.
Those sessions, which will begin in February, will invite residents to come discuss their questions, concerns and ideas with Montalto as he presents his focus for the campaign. He plans to give specific facts that will set him apart from his opponents. “Ask Anthony” sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The longtime Trussville resident has a great deal of experience as an educator. He got his start in 1978 as the physical education coach and science teacher at Hewitt-Trussville Junior High School. Montalto later became the assistant principal at Hewitt-Trussville High School and the Principal of Hewitt-Trussville Middle School.
“I want to work with the leaders of Trussville City Schools and make sure high education standards are maintained for our students in a safe, nurturing environment,” said Montalto. “I also want to make sure that our current employees are well taken care of and that we continue to track the best of the best as employees for Trussville City Schools.”
“I’m very passionate about the school system,” he continued.
Montalto, a father of three, sees his experience as President of the Trussville City Council as a great learning opportunity.
“The experience in that position has helped prepare me to be the best mayor that I can be. It’s been a great learning experience and it’s also been good to have a working relationship with Alan Taylor and the rest of the council.”
For more information about Montalto’s vision for Trussville, visit www.montaltoformayor.com. His campaign can also be tracked on Facebook at “Anthony Montalto for Mayor” or via Twitter and Instagram (@montalto4mayor). The campaign hashtag is #Montalto4Mayor.