Qualification for Tuscaloosa's 2021 municipal elections ended last week and races for six city council seats and the mayor's office are all hotly contested, but in District 4, which encompasses the University of Alabama and the lion's share of the Strip and downtown, incumbent Lee Busby finds himself as the only candidate running unopposed.

Barring the near-impossibility of a successful write-in campaign against him, Busby will coast to his first full term representing the district -- the highly decorated Marine was first elected to the seat during a 2019 special election to replace former councilman Matt Calderone, who resigned from office after he moved out of District 4.

Busby has been preparing his re-election campaign since late last year. He said he would be running on the same 4 tenets he has always prioritized: fiscal responsibility, safety & security, historical preservation and economic growth through new businesses.

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"We have an important district here, and I believe prioritizing new businesses while still maintaining historic Tuscaloosa is necessary," Busby told The Thread when he first confirmed his plans to seek re-election in November.

The municipal elections will be held on March 2nd.

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