James Perkins Jr. formally announces run for mayor of Selma


James Perkins Jr. has formally announced his entrance into the 2020 election race for the mayor’s office in Selma.

Perkins previously served as Selma’s first black mayor from 2000-2008 and was preceded by Joe Smitherman.

“It is with great humility and eager anticipation I announce my candidacy for mayor in the City of Selma,” he said in his announcement. “The citizens have convinced me they understand going back to re-elect me as mayor is not going backwards, but a real step towards restoring order and progress within the city.”

In his announcement, Perkins addressed what he called problems in the city, stating that this is why he is seeking to run for the office.

“Our beloved Selma is in real trouble,” he said. “Because of my passion and love for the community, I cannot stand by, watch us needlessly suffer, and do nothing. I feel if I do not make the offer then I will be contributing to our problems.”

He finished his press release with this:

“Lastly, I am not perfect, none of us are. I have my faults, we all do. I am not a social butterfly. My speech is straight forward. I tend to think ahead, which often makes me misunderstood. Despite my faults, my professional background and training uniquely qualifies me to provide the competent management and servant leadership needed in our community. I truly care about our community and all its people. I have proven ability to recruit businesses, demonstrated ability to manage our government and support our education systems, and made tough decisions while standing on Godly principles. I am committed to be a servant leader of all the people; to represent Selma locally, nationally, and internationally with honor and respect; and to lead us beyond our current brokenness.”

This follows an announcement by Selma Councilwoman Miah Jackson, who entered in December of 2019. Mayor Darrio Melton said that he is still considering running for re-election.