Rep. Paul Lee announces bid for third term

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Dothan (WTVY)-- Representative Paul Lee (R-Dothan) announced Thursday he‘ll seek a third term in the Alabama House.

Following his announcement he'll seek a third term, Rep. Paul Lee greets supporters in this October 9, 2017 photo.

“When I first took office in 2011 the state’s unemployment rate was almost double digits and now it’s less than four percent,” Lee said. However, he points out the decline is not without challenges.

“We’ve got to be able to provide a workforce to fill jobs,” he said. Lee is a supporter of technical training for students who don’t attend college and applauds a recently opened career tech center in Geneva, crediting its inception to Representative Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva).

Lee is---and doesn’t mind saying so—as Republican as Republican can get and it has paid off. He’s ascended to powerful committee positions.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, among the state’s most powerful lawmakers, was among several hundred supporters who attended Lee’s formal announcement.

The son of a Dothan fireman, who also farmed, Lee told a capacity crowd his upbringing built a strong work ethic and instilled honesty. “My goal here is when (my supporters) leave here they know I’ll represent them in a manner than want me to.”

Lee has no announced opposition for the District 86 seat.