Tuesday voters will head to the polls for the Statewide Primary Election. The race is on for State House District 77. Four candidates are vying to succeed longtime Representative John Knight who is leaving seat to run for the Alabama Senate.
Malcolm Calhoun currently owns and operates an insurance agency. Prior to that he served as the VP and GM of Calhoun Enterprises. He is ready to take his expertise in business to the Alabama statehouse.
"When I traveled that district there are too many buildings that were once vibrant places of business that have closed up and are left now and eyesore of a vacant building. We need to change that. I understand having to budget, make sacrifices, make those decision and being successful in doing it,” said Malcolm Calhoun.
Dan Harris has spent the last six years as the Montgomery County Commissioner for District 1. He believes his time in county government addressing the needs have prepared him to bring change in district 88.
"You can do very little economic development, you can do a little healthcare, and you can't do what I want to do with criminal justice system without education. Public education has suffered for a long time. You can't be expected to run a school system on 10 mills. One of the things I would do is to push legislation that would be geared towards raising that minimum,” said Dan Harris.
Tashina Morris is the director of TS Morris Youth Intervention, a nonprofit organization. With a background in criminal justice she feels more than qualified to offer her expertise to make a difference.
"Unity is one of the main key components in move us forward. I would like to bridge the gap between people and government. Some people just don’t know different things about government. I want to bridge the gap so you will be involved,” said Tashina Morris.
Christopher Turner is the assistant director of elections for Montgomery County. As a lifelong resident and graduate of MPS he believes it’s time for a new approach to address funding challenges for education.
“In Alabama we need to legalize sports betting. The path for that was cleared by the United States Supreme Court about a month ago. We need to do that and capture some of that revenue. We need to create college scholarships, free technical college for those who want to pursue a trade, and we want to provide universal Pre-K for 4-year-olds in Alabama,” said Christopher Turner.
The four candidates combined have raised around $65,000. District 77 covers the heart of Montgomery an area representing nearly 46,000 registered voters.
No Republican is running in the race.