Monroe Businessman Friday Ellis has announced he is entering the Monroe Mayoral race.
Ellis, owner of local business Governor's Cigar and Pipe, said that he is entering the race because of his love for the city and sadness in seeing friends leave town.
"I have serious skin in the game. I have three kids and it is up to us to create the environment they need to stay here and be successful."
Ellis will be going on a listening tour for the next few weeks to learn what local communities want and need.