Cape Girardeau Ward 5 Councilman Bob Fox will run for mayor in 2018. Fox announced his candidacy Thursday seeking to replace Mayor Harry Rediger, who has reached his two term limit. Fox is the first to announce his candidacy for mayor. He says he has the time and desire to lead the council, and thinks the time is right. Fox said he consulted with Rediger and former mayor Al Spradling III before deciding to run. Spradling has agreed to serve as campaign treasurer. By the April 2018 election, Fox will have served two years of his four-year council term. That and having served on the Cape Girardeau School Board helped prepare him for the job. If elected, Fox said he wants to help bring the Purpose Built Communities model to fruition in Cape Girardeau to revitalize the south part of the city.