Focus on the Future: AL House District 85

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

The election is two weeks from today.

We continue our political profiles with a look at the Alabama house district 85 seat.

Democrat juvenile probation officer Dexter Grimsley is facing off against Republican Certified Public Accountant and Headland Councilman Jody Singleton.

The winner will represent parts of Henry, Houston and Dale Counties in the state legislature.

Both of these men told News 4 they have a lot of respect for one another but they each have a different plan to get the job done.

“We just have to have an idea and a plan first of all that we must come back together as a government to make government work for the people,” says Democrat Dexter Grimsley.

“I’m a C.P.A, I have experience dealing with budget shortfalls, I’ve crafted real budgets and real solutions for these type issues before,” says Republican Jody singleton.

They both agree their top priority is jobs and each has big ideas to bring more employment opportunities to the area.

“I’m in favor of an incubator program that gives us support structure for our local entrepreneurs that may need to step out,” says Singleton, “We can work with our existing employers. We can adopt new hire credits. That makes it attractive to hire unemployed workers. And again work with our local entrepreneurs that may want to step out and start a new job.”

“I support number one, the I10 connector discussion that's going on and that has to be a priority we set first in order to get where we need to go to create jobs,” says Grimsley, “We've got to work hard to bring stuff into the region to make people inducive to move here and bring jobs here.”
And when it comes to bingo, they both support allowing the people to vote but would like to see certain regulations written into any bingo bill.

“I would like to see a level playing field. I don't believe that just because a few people have more money they should be able to do these things that somebody with not as much money do. Now if you build a better facility and you attract customers, then so be it, that's the way the markets work,” says Singleton, “We want the good. We don't want the bad. And anything that would work to make it more accountable, make it more transparent, and make it more responsible.”

“I’d need to see a way that we wouldn't flood the state with bingo. If we're going to have a bingo facility I would support an idea that bingo is only a portion of the overall facility that we are developing. There should be an amusement, entertainment type aspect in each and every facility in the state and if we can't find that direction, I think that it's going to be a negative way to start bingo,” says Grimsley.

News 4 also asked the candidates about how they plan to secure funding for local schools.

To hear their answers, and to watch the complete interviews, visit the political page of our web channel.

This is one of many candidate profiles News 4 is compiling for this election season.

Make sure to tune in over the next two weeks to make sure you're informed and ready to vote November 2nd.

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