Campaign 2014: State Senate District 17 Race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – With Scott Beason opting to run for Congress there will also be a new face representing District 17 in Montgomery this fall. Seven Republican’s are hoping they have what it takes to earn your vote.

Joe Cochran is a ten year veteran on the Pinson City Council. Cochran tells us he is aiming to better protect seniors and families by creating citizen advisory groups through the district.

Attorney Gayle Gear wants to improve the Alabama workforce. Her focus is on technical education. She believes exposing students early to technical training will help grow a critical portion of the state’s technical workforce.

And attorney Brett King wants to bring more fiscal responsibility to Montgomery. He tells WIAT 42, if elected he’ll also work to improve education opportunities for kids in his district as-well-as bring more jobs to the area.

Jim Roberts is no stranger to politics. Prior to his bid for State Senate, Roberts served two terms as mayor in his hometown of Morris. He’s aiming to bring fresh ideas and big change to the state capitol.

Shay Shelnutt is a newcomer to the political arena. He’s a former teacher at Clay-Chalkville High School who made the switch into realty in recent years. He advocates a strong education platform with the focus of helping kids to understand that there are many paths to career success and that doesn’t always mean a college education.

Other candidates you’ll see on the District 17 ticket are consultant Adam Ritch and independent insurance agent Jim Murphree.



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