Republican Candidates Vying for AL District 85

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

We continue to profile the candidates from the wiregrass running for office this year.

We're taking a look at two men vying for your vote to represent district 85 in the Alabama House of Representatives.

House district 85 covers all of Henry county and a portion of Houston county. Most of Dothan actually lies within this district.

The two republican candidates say they have a plan to get Alabama back on track.

Republicans Bobby Lewis and Jody Singleton are going head to head on the ballot in the June first primary.

“We need to have a strong conservative voice going to Montgomery to represent the wiregrass, not the special interests,” said Lewis.

“The people deserve to get the maximum value out of every tax dollar they send to Montgomery and I don't think they are getting that right now,” said Singleton.

They're fighting to earn the republican nomination for the November general election.

First question: why should voters put you in office?

“The biggest reason would be that I’m a business man, I’ve been in business for 37 years,” said Lewis.

“I work with people and businesses everyday. I know what issues they're facing, I know it's a tough economic environment,” said Singleton.

Each candidate has a list of top priorities.

“My top priority is still jobs. Economic development, jobs, and fiscal responsibility,” said Singleton.

“The wiregrass is loaded with good, quality people that need a job, want a job, but can't find a job and we need to market that to the prospective industries. Small businesses (we need to) help them grow to produce more jobs to keep them at home and keep our tax base low,” said Lewis.

But what about the controversial issue that's been dividing Alabama residents: electronic bingo.

“Once and for all I am an advocate of the people voting, voting on whether they want it or not want it and be done with it, let's put this issue to rest and get about doing the people's business which is what the elected leaders were elected to do,” said Lewis.
“If they want to vote on gambling, I will certainly support that. I will work for a fair and equitable and clean, up or down bill,” added Singleton.

Each candidate says they're committed to helping small businesses but they also want to attract prospective industries.

“Businesses come to Alabama because of two reasons. Basically, because it's good for their business and because they want to. We got to create an environment where they want to come,” said Singleton.

“I have brought an industry to the area myself; a manufacturing plant back in the 90's, I’m the only one who's done that,” said Lewis.

Both men say they have a simple philosophy when it comes to leadership.

“Bottom line, is it good for Alabama or is it not, is it good for the people is it not,” said Singleton.

“Find out the problems. Prioritize the problems and once you prioritize them, figure out how to fund them and work toward resolving them,” said Lewis.

There are four democrats running for the position as well: Dexter Grimsley, Anthony Keith, Amos Newsome, and Ed Vaughn.

News 4 is currently trying to contact all the Democratic candidates to bring you their views as well.

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