David Woods owns three TV stations, one being WCOV, an affiliate of Fox Network. Born to a World War II veteran, Woods was the seventh of nine children. He has never held political office, but ran for Congress in 2008.
Woods told reporters that he’s used to working hard as a business owner and he plans to hit the ground running until Oct. 8.
“Montgomery spoke today and said they are ready for a new vision, the status quo and politics of the past are over,” Woods said. “I look forward to a fair fight with an honest runoff election held by unbiased election officials on Oct. 8.”
The mayor is the head of the administrative branch of the city’s government. As mayor, Woods will have the power to appoint the police and fire chiefs, director of sanitation, executive assistant to the mayor, director of parks and recreation, director of maintenance and finance director.
The mayor makes recommendations to the City Council, appoints staff, sets salaries, keeps the City Council informed on finances and gets paid $95,000 per year.