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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox running for re-election

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Mayor Walt Maddox is seeking a third term.

Maddox announced his bid for re-election on his website and social media Thursday morning. 

He was first elected as mayor in 2005 at the age of 32.

He used an unconventional way of announcing his re-election. He posted video on his website and announced his re-election through Facebook and Twitter.

"More and more people are relying on social media so I thought it would be a great way to engage the citizens this way to announce my re-election campaign opposed to a traditional press conference which typically excludes the general public. This way we were able to engage directly with residents. Instead of us talking at people, we are engaged in a dialogue," Maddox said.

According to a spokesperson, Tuscaloosa has seen a boost in its economy , having one of  the lowest rates in the state  and has seen the addition of more than 1,000 jobs at the Mercedes plant.

We will have more on his re-election plans coming up tonight at 4 p.m.

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