BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – District 43 is a hot seat that will be filled with a new face next spring. Mary Sue McClurkin has opted to not run again and seven people want to pick up where she left off.
John Bahakel is looking for a new challenge in life. He has served as an attorney for 32 years arguing cases all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He wants to focus on improving roads in the district while adding green space and new businesses.
Cheryl Ciamarra is a small business leader who has held high level appointments from Governor Fob James to the Alabama Women’s Commission and Robert Bentley to the the State Healthcare Coordinating Council. She is also former Director of Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.
Doug Clark is a small business owner and optometrist with three locations. He’s a graduate of Hewitt-Trussville High School and volunteers with Safehouse of Shelby County.
Gina McDonald owns “Gina H. McDonald & Associates” which has locations in Pelham and Oneonta. The firm’s focuses is on business and personal financial services.
Arnold Mooney is a commercial relator who has taken a strong interest in state and national politics over the last two decades. Mooney has chaired each of Mary Sue McClurkins campaigns over the last 12 years and has also worked as a congressional staffer for former Senator James Allen and congressman Albert Lee.
Don Murphy is the former mayor for the City of Pelham with extensive record for community service as well as serving in the army. He wants to grow business opportunities in the district.
Amie Beth Shaver is a former Miss Alabama and current national commentator and speaker. She is a frequent guest on talk radio with host Leland Whaley and has worked for the Alabama Policy Institute.
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