1. What is your background?
My wife, Betsy, and I have been married for 25 years and have raised all four of our daughters, Alex, 23, Sally, 20, Lizzie, 17, and Virginia, 12, in District 46, where they all attended public school. We are also very active members of Canterbury United Methodist Church. In addition to my family and church, I have dedicated myself to my business pursuits and to serving the people of Alabama. I have been an active Republican all of my adult life and served part of Shelby and Jefferson County as state senator from 1998-2010.
2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year?
I think the greatest issue facing our state will be ongoing and stronger intrusion by the federal government into our lives, our businesses and our state. I have always believed that our problems can be solved here at home, and I will stand strong in my opposition to “one size fits all” solutions, like Obamacare, that Washington tries to force on us.
3. What is the biggest issue facing Hoover in the upcoming year?
The biggest issue facing Hoover and Bluff Park is the deficit in the local school system budget. With my professional financial background, I can effectively help the area leaders reduce costs for educational needs and find the funding necessary to boost the school system to its highest potential, keeping the area desirable for current and future residents, as well as current and future businesses that provide jobs and influence the area.