UFC fighter Walt Harris has competed over 20 times as a professional MMA competitor, but Harris will enter a new arena of combat as he is running for a seat on the Homewood City Council.
One huge reason that Harris is running for a seat on the council is to create change within his community.
“The people in my community that are running for various offices right now came to me and thought it’d be a good idea and a welcomed change for our community,” Harris recently told MMA Junkie. “It definitely was something I put a lot of thought into. It just came about two or two-and-a-half weeks ago. It took me about four or five days to make a decision on it.”
Harris still has some Octagon work ahead of him. He faces former Bellator MMA heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov at UFC 254 on October 24. Even if Harris does win a seat on city council, fans can still expect to see him compete in the Octagon on a regular basis.
“The office is a part-time job, so it’s not like I’ll be dedicating any extraneous amount of hours that’s going to take away from what I’m doing,” Harris said. “Like I said, our community is tight-knit. Everybody knows me. They’re willing to work with me as far as that goes. Fighting is definitely at the forefront. This is just something that I’m taking advantage of because the time is now. … Win or lose, I’m honored to be a part of it.”
The Homewood City Council election is set for August 25. Harris has less than three weeks to gather support from the local community.