Four Democrats Competing for District 85

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Four candidates are vying for your vote in the race for the democratic nomination to represent district 85 in the Alabama House of Representatives.

It's a crowded field in District 85 with two republicans and four democrats on the ticket.

The district includes Henry county and a portion of Houston county, actually most of Dothan lies within this district.

Each of these men thinks they would best serve the people of district 85.

“Vote the candidate you think would best represent you in this district and I just feel that I would be that candidate because people not politics will come first if I’m elected,” said democrat Dexter Grimsley.

“I'll speak truth to power I’ll stand up for the people in district 85 I’m unbought and unbossed except for the people that I serve,” said democrat Ed Vaughn.

“I'm homegrown, I’m local, I’m educated...and I happen to be the only candidate that's never run for any other office than house district 85, that's my passion,” said democrat Anthony Keith.

Attracting new business is a top priority for Vaughn.

“It's about economic development, it's about jobs,” said Vaughn.

Keith says we first must put aside politics before bringing in new industries.

“Once we're able to clean up Alabama, I think industry will start taking a serious look at Alabama,”

Dexter Grimsley believes in the three "E’s".

“Initially, and it's still my platform, that we should key in on the economy, education and ethics,”

But what about bingo?

“I think everybody is running around saying what's political correct and let the people vote, I too want the people to vote, but I’m the only candidate that came out and told you that I’m in support of the gaming industry and I’m in support of Country Crossing,” said Keith.

“It's not about electronic bingo as much as it's about tourism. It is idiotic for them to attempt to raid Country Crossing to shut it down when that is the wheel that's going to drive us towards some economic development,” said Vaughn.

“The people of Alabama have demanded, the people of this district and, this region that we put this before the voters of this district and this state, it's a simple explanation,” said Grimsley.

Grimsley would also like to focus on making the I-10 connector a reality.

“Jobs and creating jobs is a process, we have to work diligently towards the I-10 connector in order to bring down an interstate highway into this region, it must pass through Dothan,”

Vaughn thinks "going green" is the future.

“We got to gear up for the 21st century so green jobs are the way to go,”

And Keith wants to change how other states view Alabama.

“Every time there is an issue, Alabama for some reason wants to stay away from change. Change is inevitable and we need to start pursuing some of those avenues,”

There is a fourth candidate running as a democrat for house district 85.

Amos Newsome is currently a Dothan city commissioner.

We tried to get an interview with him for this report but our calls were not returned.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday, June 1st.


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