1. What is your background?
Currently I have the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Commerce and Small Business Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives and as vice-chair of the Financial Services Committee. I have served in the House for 10 years. I am a partner in a new company Fairhope Capitol, LLC, and my prior business experience included managing acquisitions for a real estate portfolio. From 1995-2003 I served as Jefferson County tax collector. During that time I oversaw the collection and distribution of over $400 million in property taxes for Jefferson County.
2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year and how would you address it?
The Alabama legislature will have to continue successfully reforming state government and maintaining a strong climate for economic development and job creation. It will be important to continue attracting new industry into the state and particularly into the Jefferson County area. To do that we will have to continue fighting for lean government (the current Republican legislature cut the state's General Fund by $700 million dollars during the past four years).
3. What is the biggest issue facing Hoover in the upcoming year and how would you address it?
The biggest problems facing Hoover is continued growth opportunity for small businesses. We must continue to support our local businesses. The previous four years have been some of the best ever for legislation pushed for by the NFIB. I will continue to push for legislation that protects small business. One specific idea would be to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax. This idea has been advocated by NFIB for sometime and is an idea that I fully support.