Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington announced Saturday he will seek a second term on the commission.
The former Vestavia Hills City Council President was elected in 2010 and chosen by his peers to head the five-member county commission during a tumultuous four-year term.
Carrington led the commission that decided to file what was at the time the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, and to close Cooper Green Hospital and convert it into a healthcare clinic.
Both moves have been and continue to be controversial among some detractors who claim the plan to exit Ch. 9 is doomed to failure because of high interest rates and higher sewer rates, and by those who claim Cooper Green's conversion has left some low-income patients without affordable or reliable healthcare options.
Carrington and his usual 4-1 voting bloc have consistently defended both decisions as tough choices made with the county's long-term health and economic development in mind. Carrington made the announcement via Twitter saying, "Much has been accomplished; still more to do."
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