Mayor Othell Phillips is mulling a run for the Alabama Senate.
Phillips said Monday that he is considering a run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Scott Beason, who announced Friday afternoon that he will not seek re-election.
"I have been bombarded with friends, family and current Alabama State Legislators (both in the House and Senate) encouraging me to enter the race for the Senate District 17 seat vacated by Senator Scott Beason," Phillips said in a Facebook message sent to The North Jefferson News. "I am currently prayerfully thinking and discussing the issue with my family. I will be spending the day in Montgomery tomorrow [Tuesday], and I hope to make a public decision on Wednesday."
Phillips was first elected mayor in 2008, and won a second term in 2012. In the past year, he and council president Stan Hogeland have spearheaded the effort to form a new city school system that will break away from the Jefferson County Schools, including the passage of the city's first-ever property tax to pay for the new system.